No, the British Embassy is not recruiting interns for Zim propaganda

The Claim: @mhofela_mhofu thus claimed that the British embassy was recruiting these individuals for their disinformation propaganda and influence peddling programmes in Zimbabwe ahead of the 2023 election
The Verdict: claim verdict


The British Embassy in Zimbabwe has denied allegations that it is employing 55 interns, whose role would be to prop its propaganda campaign against the government ahead of the 2023 elections.

This comes after a Twitter user: @mhofela_mhofu tweeted an advertorial supposedly from the British Embassy that it was looking for interns.

The advertorial said the British embassy had 55 vacancies for actors, graphic designers, journalists and musicians and applications would close on June 30 2022.

@mhofela_mhofu thus claimed that the British embassy was recruiting these individuals for their disinformation propaganda and influence peddling programmes in Zimbabwe ahead of the 2023 election

In an interview with CITE, Head of Public Affairs, British Embassy in Harare, Kate Chambers, dismissed the claims as fake, noting that there was no such advertisement nor was the embassy hiring interns.

“We’ve been alerted to an advertisement claiming the British Embassy in Harare is hiring 50 interns. This ad is fake – the British Embassy in Harare is currently not hiring any interns,” she said, quoting a British Embassy spokesperson.

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