MDC UK criticised for failing to assist Zim deportees
The MDC structures in the UK have been criticised this week for not doing
enough to help Zimbabweans facing deportations from Britain, with the party
also being accused of falling victim to ZANU PF infiltration.
This week another Zimbabwean asylum seeker in the UK was held for
deportation after being arrested during his routine check in at the
Loughborough reporting centre. Trevor Chanetsa was set to be deported
earlier this week, but the flight was cancelled and he is still being held
at the Hammond detention centre close to Heathrow airport.
The Nottingham based Zimbabwean has been in the UK for two years after
claiming asylum on political grounds. It is not clear why he now faces
deportation, but there is concern that he faces victimisation back in
Zimbabwe because he is an MDC member.
Regis Manyanya from the Nottingham Zimbabwean Community Network told SW
Radio Africa on Friday that Chanetsa is a known member of the MDC, “and with
the political situation getting worse back home, I wouldn’t be surprised if
he was picked up at Harare and detained.”
Chanetsa’s detention comes after a fellow asylum seeker and party member,
Frazer Muzondo, was detained last month during his routine report to border
agency officials in London. His deportation was halted after a last minute
intervention, with his asylum appeal still set to be heard.
The Nottingham Zimbabwean Community Network’s Manyanya said on Friday that
the MDC structures in the UK “have done nothing and continue to do nothing”
to assist its membership facing deportation threats. He said the party
should be serving its members better, warning that “there is serious ZANU PF
“We have seen the daughters and sons of ZANU PF people getting placed in MDC
structures here and that is why the membership is dwindling,” Manyanya said.
He meanwhile had strong words for the UK government, calling them
“intolerant and dealing in double standards.”
“This is victimisation and it sends a very wrong signal to the Zimbabwean
community, because everyone feels under threat,” Manyanya said.
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