Thirty four years old Lovemore Muzadzi is yet another Zimbabwean that has been saved from deportation from the UK as a result of campaigns and pilots refusing to co-operate with the repatriation process.
Mr Lovemore Muzadzi is a father-of-four who claims he will be killed if he is deported back to his homeland of Zimbabwe.
Since running away from his home country in January 2007, asylum-seeker Lovemore Muzadzi has dedicated his life to voluntary and community work in the town of Ipswich.
Earlier this week, The Evening Star revealed a campaign had been launched to stop his deportation.
The failed asylum seeker was due to travel to Nairobi on Monday but was pulled off the plane. While Mr Muzadzi, 34, has been granted a last-minute reprieve, the fight for his right to stay in the UK is still ongoing.
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According to Panyika Anselm Karimanzira, of Restoration of Human Rights, “The deportation of Lovemore Muzadzi was aborted last minute on Monday.
“The captain had to ask Lovemore’s escorts and himself to get off the plane just before the scheduled departure.”
The father-of-four, Mr Muzadzi claims he will be killed if he is repatriated back to Zimbabwe because he was a member of Zimbabwe’s opposition party.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said Mr Muzadzi’s case has been carefully considered.
“At his first appeal, an immigration judge found that he was not at risk of persecution in Zimbabwe and that his account lacked veracity,” he said. “At a second appeal, a judge again found that his claim was without merit.”
Mr Muzadzi is being detained at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre. This is one of the centres where illegal immigrants due to be removed from the United Kingdom are generally kept until their deportation is completely processed and carried out.
It is understood another attempt to deport him will be made on November 16.
Source: Ipswich Star