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No, Zimbabwe embassy in London not ‘evicted’

A meme showing office furniture piled on a city pavement in front of a building with a sign saying “Zimbabwe House” has been shared on Facebook and other social media

The text reads: “Zimbabwe embassy evicted from their rented building in London for not paying rent. Mnangagwa must go… what an embarrassment to our nation.”

The meme was flagged as potentially false on Facebook. Did the Zimbabwean embassy in the United Kingdom get evicted for not paying rent? 



Photo of embassy building


The Embassy of Zimbabwe to Britain and Ireland is located in Zimbabwe House, a building in central London. 

A search on Google Maps confirms that the photo in the meme is of the actual embassy building.

Embassy in London not evicted


Africa Check spoke to the embassy and was told that the embassy was “not evicted, we were clearing out old furniture”. A staff member said the embassy does not “rent the house, we own it”.

The furniture was placed on the pavement temporarily before being removed. 

So no, the Zimbabwean embassy in London was not evicted. – Eileen Jahn




 

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