Zim deportations to continue, UK

via Zim deportations to continue, UK 24 July 2014

BRITAIN said Thursday it had no plans to go back on its October 2010 decision to deport all failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers despite Harare supposedly rejecting White Hall’s requests for cooperation over the issue.

Thousands of Zimbabweans moved to the UK in the last decade to escape a collapsing economy back home with the majority claiming political asylum. However, some were not successful and it is these London wants to forcibly return home.

Speaking during the burial of the late Major General, Eliah Bandama, last week, President Robert Mugabe said Britain had badgered his administration with requests to help repatriate Zimbabweans stranded in the former colonial power.

The Zanu PF leader did not disclose whether he was minded to help London with its predicament but a state media columnist who is believed to be presidential spokesman George Charamba indicated that Harare would not play ball.

Manheru claimed in his latest column: “Denied any sympathies let alone cooperation on the issue of repatriating the so-called Zimbabwean political refugees currently in Britain, so-called refugees who are in reality British-political-fodder-now-gone-bad-or-useless-and-expensive, and stuffed in the face in respect of residual white land ownership in Zimbabwe, the British are collecting raw materials for a second round of conflict with Zimbabwe.

Relations between Harare and London remain frosty more than a decade after Britain – according to Mugabe – wheedled her allies into imposing devastating sanctions which the Zanu PF leader blames for Zimbabwe’s unending economic woe.

At Bandama’s burial, Mugabe further accused Britain of embracing thousands of fleeing Zimbabwean economic refugees in the last decade, hoping this would help win international support for plans to oust his regime over alleged human rights violations.

“In October 2010, the UK Government announced the resumption of enforced returns to Zimbabwe for failed asylum seekers judged by the Home Office and the independent courts to have no right to remain in the UK,” the embassy said in a statement.

“This decision reflects the improved stability in Zimbabwe since 2009 and the UK court’s view that not all Zimbabweans are in need of international protection.

“Failed asylum seekers are currently returned to Zimbabwe and there are no plans to alter our policy at present, but the Government will obviously continue to monitor the situation in Zimbabwe closely.”

Regarding Mugabe’s claim that London was pestering his regime to help facilitate the deportations, the British envoy said dialogue has been a routine feature of relations between the two countries.

“The UK government and the government of Zimbabwe have maintained a regular dialogue on migration, given our shared interests, for many years,” she said, “We consider it an important part of our bilateral relationship.

“The discussions are wide ranging, and include a range of issues of possible cooperation. This includes issues such as enforced returns and visas.”

In 2010, Zimbabwe’s unity government dispatched a ministerial delegation led by then Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa on a mission to press for re-engagement with UK.

But the mission fell flat on its face after London insisted that Mugabe implement fully the power sharing agreement with his rivals – so-called Global Political Agreement.

While the European Union has moved to ease tensions with Harare, relations between Zimbabwe and the UK remain icy with no direct contact between Mugabe and the Conservative-led government in London.
The UK embassy in Harare however, played the alleged tensions down, insisting the former allies have always been talking.
“The governments have maintained regular dialogue through our embassies and through occasional meetings in the margins of international events. In our view the Chinamasa, Misihairabwi re-engagement mission two years ago was very successful.”

In his one hour and several minutes-long address to mourners at the national shrine last week, Mugabe seemingly rejoiced at Britain’s pickle over the burdensome group of Zimbabweans now stranded in the UK after their asylum claims were rejected.

Asked if the British government accommodated Zimbabweans to hoodwink the international community into buying its claims Mugabe was oppressive, the British envoy answered, “No”.


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    publicprotector 8 years ago

    At last number 10 has listened to the pleas of British Nationals disturbed that Zimbabwean mal contents are receiving benefits in Britain for trouble making.
    Mu last email to number 10 coincidently was yesterday!

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    JRR56 8 years ago

    Easy, get the membership of ZANU (UK) and stick them all on a flight back Zim”Bob”we. The would should ban this ilk from gracing thier doorsteps.

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    Shamhu YeNhanzva 8 years ago

    Instead of blaming the British, Mugabe should understand that he is directly responsible for thousands of people leaving their motherland to seek better opportunities. It’s amazing how he talks about Zimbabwe as a country that’s well-governed with plenty of jobs, freedom of speech, healthcare, & education. If so, him & his cronies should stop sending their children to study abroad & they should all use local doctors.

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    nshilimubemba 8 years ago

    I think zimbabweans just like going into places , this trend is just their nature just imagine in the next door neighbour , there are about three million zimbabweans I don’t blame them they are just great people who like travelling to places ,mugabe is not the problem infact he is just the ticket to use travel, yes if you want to be heard just refer to bob every one will hear you,and accommodate you

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    feared by zanupf 8 years ago

    Britain betrayed us in 1980 by foisting terrorists upon us hapless. White halls role in Africa has always been cowardly naive gullible. Perfidious albion

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    lethal sansole 8 years ago

    Start by deporting the Chiyangwas then DEPORT former Mugabe cio living in Bristol then go to south London and DEPORT former zanu pf minister of labour who banned strikes. Then DEPORT entire uk zanu pf cell.

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    muchinja 8 years ago

    Saka toitasei kuno kuCapetown varikutosunga not for fun hameno mwari ndimi munoziva zvamuchaita