UK: Bath Student Fights Deportation to Native Zimbabwe

UNITED Kingdom: A 19-year-old student from Bath faces deportation to Zimbabwe despite living in the city for the past seven years.

  • 2500 Zimbabweans In UK to Be Deported

Mudiwa Madzima has set up a fundraising campaign to cover her legal costs so she can fight the decision – saying she has no family in Zimbabwe and would fear for her safety there.

Madzima moved to Bath from Zimbabwe with her mother when she was 12-years-old.

She joined Hayesfield Girls School in Oldfield Park and was recently given a place to study politics with international relations at the University of Nottingham.

But after applying for her student loan, her application was rejected and she was told by the authorities that she didn’t have enough time left on her visa.

In January, she was told she would be deported to Zimbabwe, despite having no family connections there.

Madzima, along with her mother and with help from a local solicitor, has now launched a fundraising campaign so she can fight the decision.

“I’m really scared,” she said. “England is my home, where my family and friends are and the only country with which I have a connection.

“I was born in Zimbabwe, but my only family live in England.

“I need urgent help because time is running out before I will be forced to leave the only place I know.

“Zimbabwe is a deeply hostile environment for anyone to face, due to political and economic chaos, much more so to a 19-year-old girl with no connections.

“In England I look forward to pursing my passions by continuing to contribute to society.

“In Zimbabwe there will be no way to fund my higher education and I will face a 90 per cent unemployment rate.”

Madzima’s mother, who works as a nurse in Bath, married an English man and has two young children with him. This means her family all have UK citizenship and her mother is unable to move back to Zimbabwe.

 


Amanda Noyce, a solicitor for Royds Withy King in Bath, has helped Madzima and her mother set up the campaign and put her in touch with immigration lawyers in London.

Noyce’s daughter is friends with Madzima and the solicitor said she could not sit back and watch it happen.

“Zimbabwe has 90 per cent unemployment and 100 girls a day are raped in the country according to various reports available on the internet,” she said.

“Mudiwa would be in a very frightening situation.

“This is to raise a fund to help with legal fees and if, heaven forbid, she is deported, she will need some money to cope when she arrives at the airport with nowhere to go.”

Madzima has raised £2,000 so far, which has been spent on lodging and appeal. If the appeal goes ahead, she would need around £5,000 more.

Noyce added: “The solicitor and barrister concerned are doing this for a minimal fee as it is.

“They are really committed humanitarian lawyers. The case is very urgent.”

Noyce fears that if Madzima is sent back to Zimbabwe, she will have a bleak future and might never see her family again.

Bath MP Wera Hobhouse has also said she will help where she can and will liaise with the solicitor to see what she can do, but Madzima needs to raise enough money to cover the legal costs.

Hobhouse told the Chronicle: “I have the deepest sympathy for Mudiwa and her family, who approached my office last week for help.

“I am waiting to talk to their solicitor on Monday.

“I want to be on exactly the same page as her counsel before taking the next steps to help her, so the legal process is not compromised.”

If you want to help Madzima, her GoFundMe page can be found here.

General Chiwenga Bans Wife From Social Media

Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife, Marry has made a stunning revelation that her hubby banned her from social media.

When asked during an interview with Daily News whether she uses social media she said ” I don’t go on social media, I’m not on Facebook, I used to be on Instagram my husband told me to close it and I did. I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on anything, my husband said to me “If you want to be happy, stay away from searching yourself on the Internet, don’t go on social media you will live a happy life.” So I am living a happy life with none of those things”

 

General Chiwenga Fell and Badly Hurt His Hand After Missing a Step At Party HQ

HARARE – Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was rushed to hospital after suffering a dramatic fall at the Zanu PF headquarters — forcing him to cancel his politburo attendance, last week.

The 61-year-old tripped and fell and badly hurt his hand just after arriving for yesterday’s conclave, whose agenda included election preparations, mobilisation of voters, party regalia and the threat of defections ahead of the crucial mid-year general election.

The former commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces reportedly missed a step and slipped, before injuring his hand.

He sustained a mild sprain that could limit his function for a few days.

Chiwenga was mobbed by concerned staffers and colleagues at the Zanu PF headquarters foyer, who commiserated with him as he was being rushed to hospital.

He was whisked away in his Range Rover, escorted by the police.

“We were all worried when he slipped and hurt his hand but, as you saw, he is a fighter. He just had to be excused earlier to get his hand looked at,” said a staffer at the ruling party offices.

The politburo continued with its deliberations without Chiwenga who, along with Vice President Kembo Mohadi, flank party leader and President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the top table.

Chiwenga is not the first high-profile official to fall in public under varying circumstances.

Former president Robert Mugabe became the butt of jokes and mimicry in February 2015 when he missed a step and tumbled off the podium at the then Harare International Airport moments after arriving from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The incident caused a witch-hunt within Mugabe’s inner circle, resulting in the removal of some of his close aides from the security team.

In May 2014, former police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri collapsed at a parade at Morris Depot soon after Mugabe had addressed graduates.

He was quickly wheeled off on a stretcher.

He later attributed his blackout to working long hours and a mix-up in the shoes he wore for the occasion.

“I have been working overnight for quite some time. The situation has been exacerbated or worsened by the fact that there was a mix-up of my shoes. The right shoe was mixed up with the left one. The right shoe is a bit small and it is an old shoe so my toes were burning because of the tightness of the shoe and there was no circulation (of blood) in that leg that caused me to be dizzy and then fell down.

“I had this small blackout because of what I have explained, lack of circulation but checked the blood pressure is ok you can ask Dr Mombeshora, he also checked the sugar levels, they are fine and that coupled with the heat and the type of clothing and what I also had inside because in the morning it was a bit chilly, so I had put on some T-shirt as you can see so that caused that (collapse),” he said.-Dailynews