Moyo under fire for interview on BBC's 'Hardtalk'

The wide-ranging interview saw Moyo fielding tough questions on his party’s performance.

Jonathan Moyo's interview on Hardtalk. Picture: Screengrab from Hardtalk interview.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Information Minister Jonathan Moyo has come under fire for an interview he gave to the BBC.

The wide-ranging interview saw Moyo fielding tough questions on his party's performance in governing the country and arguing that Grace Mugabe was a courageous person.

There was widespread anticipation of the _Hardtalk _interview with Moyo and reaction to it on social media was swift.

The minister told interviewer Stephen Sackur that he was wrong to assume the new Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa would automatically succeed President Robert Mugabe

The minister also maintained that Zimbabwe's economic crisis was due to Western sanctions and that many Zimbabweans who left were now returning home.

Not all Zimbabweans were impressed, one Twitter user said she knew of more people leaving the country than those returning.

There was even a suggestion that the interviewer hadn't been hard enough on the minister and was maybe worried about being deported.