Unit K (UK)


The demand for change is steadily moving down Africa, judging from the reception given to Mugabe and other African leaders attending the installation for another term of Ugandan perpetual President Museveni. Their motorcade was assailed by stone-throwing protesters shouting ‘Go to hell dictators’ and ‘You dictators: we are tired of you’. But pictures of Mugabe’s fawning obeisance to Museveni show his desperation to be at the party – any party! – at whatever cost.

For Vigil supporters it was further evidence that Mugabe and ZANU PF hardliners have still not understood that the days of dictators have gone. Their problem is that President Zuma does not agree with them. The chasm between ZANU PF and Zuma was clearly illustrated this week:

1. The ZANU PF Politburo repeated on Wednesday that elections would be held this year without fail.

2. But Zuma’s international relations advisor Lindiwe Zulu said: ‘categorically and totally, Zimbabwe will not have elections in 2011’.

For Mugabe’s sake, the constitution-making process must be concluded early and will have to include the proposal from Chegutu that government critics should be killed. That should solve the problem – especially if the suggestion from Makonde is also included in the new constitution ‘media critical of the government should be banned’.

So much for the Constitutional Outrage Programme…

With Mugabe now committing suicide by defying SADC, the Vigil launched a clearance sale of our ‘Mugabe Must Go’ bangles. Our notice advises customers to ‘Buy now before it’s too late’.

Joke of the week from Bill Watch of 12th May: ‘Tuesday’s sitting was the Senate’s first for six weeks – it has not met since 31st March.  The sitting lasted two hours before the Senate adjourned for another eight weeks’. Crisis – what crisis?

For latest Vigil pictures check: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/. Please note: Vigil photos can only be downloaded from our Flickr website – they cannot be downloaded from the slideshow on the front page of the Zimvigil website. For the latest ZimVigil TV programme check http://www.zimvigiltv.com/.

FOR THE RECORD: 100 signed the register.

(Source)

Zimbabwean ambassador to the United Kingdom has been invited to attend the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 despite the continuing frost relations between Zimbabwe and Britain.

Educationist Gabriel Machinga is Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the UK.

The London Sunday Times newspaper reported Sunday that Zimbabwe appears on the guest list released by the UK foreign office together with North Korea and Iran.

However there is no place for the Libyan ambassador who had initially been invited but had his invitation later revoked because of the war in his country.

The royal couple will be married in London at the Westminster Abbey.

The UK foreign office invited representatives of all countries with which it has a working relationship.

The representatives will form part of the hundreds of A-list guests invited to attend the highly anticipated wedding

(Source)

Zimbabwean asylum seekers in the UK are being urged not to panic, after the country’s most senior immigration judge on Monday ruled it was safe to start deporting people back to some parts of Zimbabwe.

Justice Blake from the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC) announced a revised formal guideline for sending people back to Zimbabwe, almost six months after the UK’s Immigration Minister said that a suspension on Zimbabwean deportations would be lifted. Minister Damian Green signalled in October last year that the suspension, in place since September 2006, was to be lifted, dependent on the guidelines announced this week.

The guidelines are based on a legal review of the IAC’s findings from a country guidance case done in Zimbabwe in 2008. The original findings showed that it was still not safe for the thousands of Zimbabweans in the UK who opposed Robert Mugabe’s regime, to be sent back home. Those findings outlined a number of risk categories that Zimbabwean asylum seekers in the UK could fall under.

Immigration law expert Taffi Nyawanza, from the UK based Genesis Law Associates, told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday that those risk categories have now been “significantly narrowed.” Nyawanza explained that there has been the surprising finding that Matabeleland province has been declared “safe”, while anyone without a high profile MDC presence is also considered “not at risk.”

The new IAC judgment reads: “As a general matter, there is significantly less politically-motivated violence in Zimbabwe, compared with the situation considered (in 2008).”

“In particular, the evidence does not show that as a general matter, the return of a failed asylum seeker from the UK having no significant MDC profile, would result in that person facing a real risk of having to demonstrate loyalty to the ZANU PF,” the judgement continues.

Nyawanza pointed out that the judgement does take into account that certain areas are still deemed unsafe, particularly in Zimbabwe’s eastern provinces, where violence and intimidation by ZANU PF has been rife. However, the UK’s new guidelines for sending people back to Zimbabwe say that people must prove they have nowhere else to go if they are to be exempt from removals. The judgement has also kept teachers in a high risk category for returning.

Nyawanza explained that forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe were the major talking point for the case, with lawyers opposing the guidelines arguing that it is too early to be reviewing the 2008 findings. The IAC, in its judgement, said that its guidelines could be “departed from”, if conditions deteriorate in connection with elections. Nyawanza said that the court “lacked the courage to accept that Zimbabwe is already heading into an election period, and they deliberately avoided engaging properly on the election issue.”

But Nyawanza said it was too soon for people to panic, calling it “highly unlikely” that the UK Home Office would start mass removals because of this new judgement. He indicated that an appeal of the judgement was possibly on the cards, and said that all asylum cases will still be dealt with on an individual basis.”

“Watch this space, this is not the last we have heard of the situation,” Nyawanza said.

(Source)

The British government has rebuffed President Robert Mugabe’s appeal for high level secret talks with the new British Prime Minister David Cameron, insisting that they would not undercut their EU partners on respect for human rights and rule of law, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.

We can also reveal that Robert Mugabe has been banging on a “Fresh Start” with the British government since the formation of the Tories-Lib Dems coalition government, but he has been rebuffed and told that the British government respects the EU policy on Zimbabwe.

Mugabe has also been told to respect his coalition partners and in the face of this rejection, this week, his State propaganda machine has raised the anti-British headlines since the formation of the British coalition.

This week, the State media under special instructions from former Information and Publicity Minister and political scientist Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is now playing a leading consultancy role of special advisor to Robert Mugabe’s favoured successor Emmerson Mnangagwa, concocted a story that the British and American governments are structuring a financial plan to back MDC-T’s election campaign next year and party leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai — who it said is also getting “expert advice” from a British intelligence operative.

A source in the Zimbabwe State intelligence has told our reporter this morning that, under special instructions, the State propaganda was conducting a paranoid reaction to a rejection by the British government to a Robert Mugabe’s high level approach for the normalisation of relations.

The propaganda goes on to say: “Apart from that, Mr Tsvangirai is understood to have engaged the services of British intelligence operative Mr Charles Heatly (or variously called Charles Beatle), who is said to be presently based in Harare and is helping with speech writing among other activities.

This is supposed to be a British Intelligence operative writing “Shona and Ndebele” speeches for Tsvangirai to use at rallies in the country side – this is laughing matter isn’t it!

“While MDC-T has claimed that Mr Tsvangirai’s visit was for State business, it has emerged that Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to France, Mr David Hamadziripi, was barred from the meeting.”: the propaganda is carried through.

So, if Mr Hamadziripi and every member of staff was barred from the meeting, which other source informed the Zanu PF source then?

We are also told in the propaganda: “Present in the meeting was Mr Tsvangirai, party spokesperson Mr Nelson Chamisa and Mr Jameson Timba, who is the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.”

“Ambassador Hamadziripi and embassy staff were not allowed into the meeting.” So, who has become the source?

“He (Tsvangirai) used the trip to France to hold meetings with individuals who promised him backing.”

“The Americans could not understand why Tsvangirai was scared of an election because the party and its backers have fed them the myth that Zanu-PF is finished.

“Thomas Edmonds introduced Tsvangirai to Brad O’Leary, a prominent pollster in the US. O’Leary promised to mobilise funding to finance MDC-T’s election campaign next year.”

Then the author of this childish propaganda quotes himself saying – “Political analyst and Tsholotsho North legislator Professor Jonathan Moyo said: “Tsvangirai has been a recipient of a chain of dubious awards from Western organisations.

“What seems to be common about the so-called democracy awards is that they are all coming from regime change outfits.

“They allege that he is a champion of democracy yet facts on the ground show that he cannot be anywhere close to what they say about him.

“The whole issue here is about regime change and the US props up figures who posture as recognised international statesmen. They reward these people with dubious awards while claiming that they are championing democracy.”

For years, since the opposition gave him a rude awakening, Mugabe banked on the Tories regaining power in Britain, hoping that would help him normalise relations between his terrorist Zanu PF movement and the British government and the rest of the Western World.

He has tried to blame the British Labour party for his woes leading to the fall-out with the British government and in his mind, he has this old school Tories party run by ruthless conservative British businessmen who would seek mining rights, no matter the political situation, in exchange of political lobbying, but unfortunate for him the Tories party has transformed over the years and there is the new fresh faces not linked to the likes of the late Tiny Rowland.

Last week Robert Mugabe sent a delegation to the United Kingdom led by his Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi under the guise of “charm offensive”, a word repeatedly used at newzimbabwe.com.

Mzembi attended a panel of discussion at an international affairs think-tank alongside the UK’s Foreign Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, and the UK’s Zimbabwe Ambassador Mark Canning.

The youthful Zanu PF Minister who has escaped travel bans imposed by the West on Robert Mugabe’s mob, even went to town inferring that there was now a new thinking in Britain’s Zimbabwe policy following the fall of New Labour in this year’s UK elections which ushered in the Conservatives-Liberal Democrats coalition government.

“It is not just me who noticed a difference; even the Chinese government noticed a difference in Prime Minister David Cameron’s approach, which is more constructive, very refreshing and contemporary. I have no doubt in my mind that they find a generational connection with some of us and we must leverage that to advance our own interests,” Mzembi added.

In reaction to Mzembi’s over the top praise singing, a Senior British officials who attended the event called on Robert Mugabe to comply with the rule of law and human right. He also said Mugabe must comply with global diamond trade rules, and also told poor old Mzembi, point blank that Zimbabwe government must stop the smuggling of controversial diamonds from Marange fields.

“I would urge the Zimbabwe government to do all it possibly can to become compliant with Kimberley Process and that will mean that we will get much more money coming into the Zimbabwe Exchequer,” said Britain’s Africa Minister Henry Bellingham, in comments cited by Reuters.

He said the Marange diamond were funding “hardliners” when they should be benefitting the people of Zimbabwe.

The Britain’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mark Canning also weighed in and said most high-quality diamonds from Marange were “going out of the back door,” or being smuggled out of the country.

“The composition of Marange diamonds is very distinct… If you tip a pot of them on the table… you don’t see many of the top 14 percent on the table,” he said.

By the time Mzembi tried to deliver his dear leader’s message in privacy for a possible resumption of relations with the British government, it was already a toll order and the attempt did not yield any ground as each time he was referred to human rights and rule of law and corruption.

The British officials also insisted that any discussions should be on the basis of the Zimbabwe-UK coalition governments and not on party-to-party grounds.

Overall, the highly publicised Mzembi’s UK trip which was hyped by Newzimbabwe.com as “Charm offensive” in an article written by hired UK based former editor of Ibbo Mandaza’s Daily Mirror, was a dump squib, only generating childish reactions from the State media, throwing all toys out of the pram with propaganda accusations of the MDC-T link to the supposed British intelligence agency writing shona speeches for Tsvangirai.

Robert Mugabe cannot – “never ever ever ever” (to borrow from his Godly declarations) – hold an election without attacking the British and the United States, and so the change of government in the United Kingdom was going to be a lot tricky for him in the next general elections and so to pre-empt that tried and tested strategy, Mugabe-attack on the Brits and the US – normal relations have resumed – Brrrrrrrritain.

It’s election time Robert Mugabe invests a lot in propaganda, trumped up assassination attempts on his life and we’re now being told he is suddenly Ndebele and some weird and suspicious reports from Western Capitals giving raving views on a failed land reform.

(Source)

A former Tory minister suggests the Zimbabwean leader should retire to the UK. Here’s one that’s unlikely to become coalition policy: the former Tory chief whip Lord Renton suggested during a debate yesterday that “the best way for us to help and assist the economic recovery of Zimbabwe” might be “to offer President Mugabe a safe, comfortable and well-looked-after home in Britain”.

The idea is not as daft as it sounds. It is in his country’s interests that Robert Mugabe stand down as soon as possible, but he is no fool. He will want to ensure that if he goes, he does not end up exchanging the comforts of retirement for a prison cell. As I wrote in the Independent last year:

Efforts to bring Mugabe to the International Court of Justice will not increase the likelihood of his voluntarily relinquishing power (and there is no imminent prospect of his leaving in any other way)… Refusing to seek legal vengeance for Robert Mugabe’s crimes may be hard. But if one day it helps an old dictator become an old ex-dictator, it may prove far sweeter than revenge.

A managed exile with guaranteed immunity is an obvious solution. Previously it was thought likely that Mugabe might seek to retire to east Asia. Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia are all regular destinations for him and his entourage, and have the inestimable advantage of being places where autocratic rule is not regarded as so objectionable.

But Britain, as Lord Renton generously put it, might also be to his tastes. For Mugabe, like various other leaders of post-colonial countries (Idi Amin springs instantly to mind), has long had a love-hate relationship with the former imperial master.

He may have attacked Tony Blair’s administration for being a government of “gay gangsters”, but another former Tory minister, George Walden, recalls that his attitude towards Britain used to be quite different. Walden was a senior Foreign Office civil servant at the time of the negotiations that led to Zimbabwe’s independence; he remembered the Mugabe of that time as a “venomous, stonewall” Maoist. After he came to power, however, “everything about him seemed to change for the better”. Walden described the new, improved version in the NS two years ago:

Charm is not a word I associated with Mugabe, yet when Margaret Thatcher gave a dinner in his honour at Downing Street and praised the Marxist terrorist’s work for peace and reconciliation (after vowing never to negotiate with terrorists), he received her tribute gracefully, charmed to be there, just as he was to be charmed by his knighthood later. Thereafter he worked with the British to implement the Lancaster House Agreement, including its provisions to pay the colonialists’ pensions and refrain from changing the constitution for ten years.

So the UK could be a congenial exile for Mugabe. As for where he would live, why not the Wentworth Estate, where General Pinochet was made to feel so comfortable while the Labour government was wriggling out of having to extradite the Chilean dictator to Spain?

If the courts can’t get Mugabe, some might think retirement to an area usually populated by showbiz types such as Russ Abbott, Cliff Richard and Bruce Forsyth would be punishment enough to be getting on with.

(Source)

A married Zimbabwean father who repeatedly hit his lover with a wire flex when he hypocritically accused her of having an affair has been jailed for 15 months.

Fredson Nkomo was unreceptive to a domestic violence course and was told by a judge his “entrenched views” could not be changed by a community order.

Nkomo was married with two children when he embarked on his affair with a woman in Darlington, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Four months into the fling, he became jealous and suspicious when his mistress altered her Facebook account.

After turning up at her flat, the 42-year-old former restaurant manager pushed his mistress onto her bed and whipped her back, legs, arms and torso.

A month after the attack, in April, his mistress wrote to police saying she did not want her lover prosecuted.

She wrote: “Although he was married to somebody else, our culture allows for a man to wed more than one woman. I would marry him if he asked me.”

The court heard Nkomo seemed to tell probation officials that such savage attacks were common in his homeland of Zimbabwe.

Rachel Dyson, in mitigation, said Nkomo’s views may have been lost in translation and that he realises what he did was, in his words, “not right”.

She said: “He appreciates now that his wife is an amazing woman, to be here with him at court today and to support him and his only focus now is to rebuild that relationship.”

Nkomo admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Judge Les Spittle told Nkomo, of Kildale Moor Place, Darlington: “These blows were clearly sustained, extensive and of sufficient force to go through the skin.

“I cannot and do not understand the subsequent attitude, but that is a matter for her. She says she has forgiven you and would like to have a relationship with you. I am sure your wife would have something to say about that.”

(Source)

Cheryl Cole is the target of chilling death threats amid fury over her axing of X Factor’s Gamu Nhengu.

One threat carried the terrifying warning: “Every1 has a bullet for you.”

The sick rant accused the singer of making ‘the biggest mistake of her life’ by ditching teenage fans’ favourite Gamu from the ITV talent show.

(Source)

Cheryl Cole was ordered to axe teenager Gamu Nhengu from the X Factor, sources claimed last night.

The claim that bosses issued the order because of problems over Gamu’s visa came as more than 125,000 people signed up to Facebook pages backing the Scots-based 18-year-old.

A spokesman for the show last night denied the claims.

But it did nothing to quell the storm of protest over Zimbabwe-born Gamu’s exit.

The biggest of dozens of Facebook pages backing her hit more than 125,000 supporters last night.

Many of them were hopeful that show producers – who have promised a “twist” next weekend – were preparing to give “wild cards” to axed contestants.

Bookies were also still hopeful of the wild-card scenario, putting Gamu among the favourites to win.

Former Xtra Factor presenter Holly Willoughby said: “If Gamu does come back as a wild card, she could go and win it. She is going to have the whole nation behind her. That is an advantage.”

A production source said: “Cheryl didn’t really have much of a say.

“It was made clear that Gamu shouldn’t be put through because they had issues with her, including the visa situation.

“A lot of people working on the show think it’s really unfair that Cheryl is taking all the flak.

“It’s ridiculous the situation has got this far. Gamu should never have been put through to the judges’ houses with question marks surrounding her visa.

“Gamu not getting through has now become a bigger talking point than the 12 finalists.”

A spokesman for the show said last night: “Gamu’s visa being processed was not the reason that she didn’t make the final 12.”

However, the spokesman went on to confirm Gamu’s two-year visa was currently being renewed.

On Sunday, more than 16.2 million viewers – a record for this stage of The X Factor – saw girls’ section mentor Cheryl put through Katie Waissel, 24, Cher Lloyd, 17, and Rebecca Ferguson, 24.

Gamu gave a flawless performance of Pixie Lott’s Cry Me Out when she sang for Cheryl.

But Cher failed to sing at all after falling ill with tonsilitis.

And she then rejected Cheryl’s offer to come back later and sing again.

Both she and Katie broke down in tears as they appeared in front of Cheryl and her special guest, Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am.

But the Geordie judge chose them to go through in the girls category, along with Liverpudlian mum-of-two Rebecca.

Gamu was not at the home she shares with mum Nokuthula in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, yesterday. Nokuthula refused to comment.

The only Scot to make it into the final 12 was Storm Lee Gardner, 37, who moved from Edinburgh to Los Angeles when he was 17.

Over-28s mentor Louis Walsh has told him to go all out for the Scottish vote, even if it means wearing a tartan suit.

(Source)

Official statistics refute the claims that Britain is being “swamped” by immigration and show the desperately impoverished conditions in which immigrants live and work.

Annual net immigration is closely correlated with Britain’s economic growth and for many years, more people left than came to Britain. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), there were 5.5 million Britons living abroad in 2005. Every year, at least 90,000 nationals leave Britain to work overseas.

The trend of negative net immigration reversed during the boom years of the 1980s, but net immigration only really took off after the 1990s recession, as it did in almost all industrialised countries. Since 1998, it has exceeded 100,000 a year, although many migrant workers tend to return home after a short stay.

Many economic migrants are employed in low paid, minimum wage jobs. More than a few are subject to ruthless exploitation by human traffickers who forced them to pay extortionate sums to get to Britain, or by gang masters who treat them like slaves working in the most dangerous conditions. The case of the 19 Chinese cockle pickers who lost their lives in 2004 is one of the most tragic examples.

Even at the peak of immigration in 2004 – after the expansion of the European Union when Britain was one of only three countries to open its doors to the new accession countries – the total number of migrants was 244,000, largely from Poland and Eastern Europe. Economic migration has since fallen as many immigrants have returned home. Immigration fell sharply in 2008 with the onset of the recession and could fall to 100,000 a year.

The Labour government’s points-based system, introduced in 2008, restricts immigration to what is deemed in Britain’s “economic interests”. It gives work permits to highly skilled workers and those with a job offer where there are no other applicants. Only about 96,000 permits a year have been given since 2006, mainly to workers from Asia and Australia.

About 47,000 spouses, partners and dependants are admitted – but only after they have jumped through numerous hoops to prove their relationship. While 309,000 visas a year are given to overseas students who pay to study in British universities – mostly youth from China, Russia, Japan and the US – they are often too late for students to start their courses on time. Education is now a major export industry.

A report by the London School of Economics shows that the UK has a lower share of immigrants in its population (10.2 percent) than Australia (25 percent), the US (13.6 percent), Sweden (13.6 percent), Germany (12.9 percent) and the Netherlands (10.7 percent). They come from a more diverse range of countries than ever before, most frequently Poland, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the US. They tend to be younger and better educated than the UK-born population and the more recent immigrants are even better educated.

The number of asylum seekers and refugees is small. In 2007, according to Home Office figures, there were 23,430 asylum applications, mostly from the war-torn regions of the world: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Including dependants, there were just 27,900 asylum seekers. As most are young men without dependants, they are not eligible for social housing under Labour’s 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act.

Asylum seekers face almost insurmountable hurdles to defend their right to stay. Of those who received an initial decision on their asylum application in 2007, just 16 percent were granted refugee status. Eleven percent were given humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to stay, while 73 percent were refused. Just 23 percent of those who appealed a decision were successful.

After an application is rejected, the Home Office suspends all financial assistance, usually within 21 days, and then issues a removal order. The failed asylum seekers can then be seized by the UK Border Agency police without notice and incarcerated pending deportation. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns, at least 55 asylum seekers have taken their own lives since 2000 rather than go back to their own countries.

Many failed asylum seekers “disappear” and become part of the growing black economy where they are cruelly exploited. Others become destitute and are reduced to begging and sleeping on friends’ floors. The Home Office estimated that the number of “irregular” or undocumented migrants was between 330,000 and 500,000 in 2001. Their plight is horrific. Since 2004, undocumented workers have been denied access to hospital treatment, much to the concern of doctors.

Economic migrants have very limited entitlement to social welfare, depending on thier citizen and residency status and National Insurance contributions. Those who have been in Britain less than five years are not entitled to social housing or housing benefits and tax credits, even when on low incomes.

The overwhelming majority of economic migrants rent from private landlords, some of whom have bought up former council houses, fuelling misconceptions about “queue jumping”. Less than two percent of the 10 million people who live in social housing are new migrants. They are mainly refugees who have been given permission to stay in Britain and have been allocated empty social housing in the north of England and Scotland.

(Source)

An asylum seeker from Zimbabwe who is to be deported on Sunday has issued a desperate plea to stay in Leicester, saying he is certain to be killed if he is sent home.

Charles Ndelemani fled his homeland to live in Leicester in 2003 after being attacked for his political views and for refusing to train child militia.

The 42-year-old, who lives in Albion Street, in the city centre, says he is still a wanted man in Zimbabwe and fears he will be arrested and killed when he lands at the country’s Harare airport.

Friends have mounted a petition which they were to submit to the UK Border Agency today in the hope of delaying his departure while the decision to deport him is reviewed.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury yesterday from a detention centre in Cambridge, Mr Ndelemani said: “I am very worried about leaving the UK.

“I will be violently attacked and they will want me dead. If I go back that is what will happen.”

He is still a member of the Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC), which opposes president Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe, and is currently treasurer of MDC Leicester.

Mr Ndelemani is being deported to Malawi, via Zimbabwe, because he arrived on a Malawian passport – an option for Zimbabweans when the country was called Rhodesia.

But he renounced his Malawian nationality and reverted to being Zimbabwean in 2007 after Mugabe made it illegal to hold dual citizenship.

Supporters, who have so far collected more than 1,000 signatures, claim his application for asylum was rejected because the UK Border Agency believes he is still a Malawian national.

Mr Ndelemani is due to land in Zimbabwe before being transferred to Malawi. He said that if he made it to Malawi, he would be returned to Zimbabwe by border officials for not having a Malawian passport.

Patson Muzuwa, UK chairman of the Zimbabwe Association, said Mr Ndelemani had little hope of survival if he did not remain in the UK.

MDC member Mr Muzuwa, of Welford Road, Leicester, was himself tortured and arrested in his homeland for his political beliefs.

Makaza Chizinga, 35, from Leicester city centre, used to work for Air Zimbabwe as reservations co-ordinator at Harare airport. He said he knew from his experience that officials would be expecting his friend, Mr Ndelemani.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “Only those failed asylum seekers who do not need international protection are removed.”

(Source)

Next Page »