Updates relating to Victor's situation
Victor will not be removed from the UK in the next 3 months (update received at 5pm on 13 Feb)
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Our friend and fellow volunteer Victor Mujakachi was detained when reporting at Vulcan House this morning (11 February) along with another Zimbabwean asylum seeker known to ASSIST. We understand that they have been taken to the immigration removals centre at Morton Hall and that the Home Office is in the process of preparing for their imminent deportation.
The Home Office moves come against the backdrop of a serious deterioration of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe. As recently as last week, Amnesty International released fresh evidence of killings, rape by military personnel and widespread arbitrary arrest of protesters. Despite this, the Home Office recently facilitated Zimbabwean officials to ‘interview’ asylum seekers from their country, some of whom have been in this country for years, with a view to deporting them, including Victor.
Victor came to the UK in 2003 as a postgraduate student. In 2008 a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Zimbabwean authorities, following critical comments he made online about the re-election of Robert Mugabe. He applied for asylum but his application was turned down, as were two further asylum applications in the following years
In spite of the uncertainties around his personal situation Victor directed his energy and considerable business acumen from his professional background in corporate banking towards helping others. In addition to his voluntary work for ASSIST he is a board member of FURD (Football Unites Racism Divides) and Sheffield Conversation Club, and volunteers for several other organisations, including HARC (Homeless and Rootless at Christmas), the Sunday Centre, and City of Sanctuary. In 2017 he was awarded the Nether Edge and Sheffield Community Star Award , and in 2013 he was nominated for the South Yorkshire High Sheriff’s Award, receiving a commendation.
Victor is an indispensable volunteer at ASSIST. He holds various volunteer roles with us, but his absence will be most dramatically felt at our emergency night shelter. He has been the team leader for the shelter for the past eight years. During this period the shelter has been a lifeline for several hundred asylum seekers who would otherwise have had to sleep rough on the streets of our city. Without Victor, there is a real risk the operations of the night shelter will be severely disrupted in the short to medium term, putting at risk emergency accommodation for dozens of asylum seekers who currently depend on it as their sole emergency accommodation.
Victor has continued his activism around Zimbabwean politics and contributed to a number of blogs. Most recently he sent a series of critical tweets to Tongai Mnangagwa, the MP for Harare South and the son of the current president for what he saw as irregularities in the recent Zimbabwean elections.
We are deeply concerned for Victor Mujakachi’s safety and for that of any other asylum seeker forcibly returned to Zimbabwe. We call on ASSIST volunteers, supporters and anybody concerned about the situation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers to write to the Home Secretary.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Contact Savid Javid, Home Secretary, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or Email: email@example.com
Key things to ask for:
- The release of Victor Mujakachi and other Zimbabwe asylum seekers.
- For no one to be deported to Zimbabwe
Demonstrate with SYMAAG against deportations to Zimbabwe . Tuesday 19 February, 9:00 am, Vulcan House, S3 8NU.
For more information about the situation in Zimbabwe go to
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