Zim govt: Zwambila shouldn't be afraid

Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi has rubbished claims from Jacqueline Zwambila.

AUSTRALIA, Canberra : This picture taken on May 9, 2013 shows Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia Jacqueline Zwambila smiling while attending an event in Canberra. Zwambila has asked Canberra for asylum, lashing out at her country's "illegitimate" government and voicing fears for her safety if she returns home at the end of her posting next week, reports said. AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

ZIMBABWE, Harare - Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi has rubbished claims from the

former ambassador to Australia who's applied for asylum there saying she fears for her safety in Zimbabwe.

Jacqueline Zwambila of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was due to return home this week after her term of duty ended, but she says she might be put in jail.

Mohadi said former ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has no reason to be afraid.

He said the Zimbabwe government provides security to everyone and pointed out that other members of Zwambila's MDC party were serving as members of parliament.

The minister said Zwambila should inform the authorities if she was threatened by anyone, remarks that are unlikely to calm the former envoy's fears.

The MDC hasn't confirmed that there's any direct threat to the official but it does say she was ill treated by state media during her time in Australia in a reference to reports that she stripped in front of an embassy staffer, a claim that was later proved false.