150 ZIMBAS FACE UK DEPORTATION

Some 150 Zimbabweans have being rounded up for removal on a charter flight from the UK to Harare next week.

The flight is scheduled for July 21. The Independent reports that most of them have been in the UK for decades and have British children. One man due to be deported, Bryan Mucheriwa, has been in the UK for 20 years and has three British children.

“I feel so afraid. The Home Office called me last year to verify my identity, but they used someone from the government in Zimbabwe to confirm my identity. Even if I tried to relocate in Zimbabwe, someone in the government has all my information.

“How can I cope there? I’ll be in danger. And if I’m sent back there, I don’t know when I’ll see my kids again.”

His wife, Chenayi Mucheriwa, who has refugee status, said immigration officials came to the house on Tuesday and started asking for her husband.

“I felt really scared. I felt threatened. They were saying: ‘Where’s Bryan?’ They were saying I was hiding him somewhere. I didn’t know what was happening,” she told The Independent. “He will be in danger. He was heavily involved in opposition politics when he was there and while he has been in the UK. People are still disappearing in Zimbabwe. It’s not safe for him there.”

A Home Office spokesperson said it did not comment on operational matters, but added: “Foreign criminals who abuse our hospitality should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them.


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