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Zim ambassador fears imprisonment

Jacqueline Zwambila's tour of duty in Australia attracted a fair amount of media attention.

Jacqueline Zwambila's tour of duty in Australia attracted a fair amount of media attention. AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

HARARE - Zimbabwe's former ambassador to Australia, Jacqueline Zwambila, has claimed political asylum.

She says she is a member of the opposition, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and fears she'll be jailed if she comes home.

Zwambila's tour of duty in Australia attracted a fair amount of media attention.

She successfully sued a writer for Zimbabwe's _Herald _newspaper for publishing claims that she'd stripped in front of an embassy staffer in a fit of rage.

She also provoked anger back home when she was pictured attending a gathering of World War 2 veterans, which included ex-Rhodesian servicemen.

The MDC official, says the Zimbabwe government bought her a business class ticket home for next Tuesday but she has absolutely no intention of leaving Australia, according to The Canberra Times.

She says President Robert Mugabe stole the election and she fears arrest and jail if she comes home.