Zimbabwe’s former president and independence icon Robert Patrick Mugabe, has died aged 95. The former president was ousted in 2017 in a military coup after ruling the country for more than three decades. Zimbabwean opposition activist and Sheffield resident Dr Nkulukelo Sibanda shared his reflections with Sheffield Live! Baillor Jalloh reports.
Victor Mujakachi, who was detained and set for deportation to Zimbabwe, has been given a three month reprieve following a public campaign. His solicitor has been invited to submit a fresh application for asylum with a decision to be made in three months time. Mujakachi, who has lived in the UK for over 16 years, told Sheffield Live! he has been overwhelmed at the public support he has received. Azz Mohammed reports.
A campaign has been launched to stop the deportation to Zimbabwe of asylum seeker Victor Mujakachi who has lived in Sheffield for 16 years. More than 7000 people have signed the “Free Victor Mujakachi” petition since his detention at Sheffield’s Vulcan House immigration reporting centre on Monday. Supporters say there are fears for his life if he is forced to return as he has been a prominent critic of the Zimbabwean goverment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Dozens staged a protest on Monday outside the Home Office South Yorkshire immigration centre at Vulcan House over the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Protestors claim that representatives of the Zimbabwean government were invited to be involved in questioning asylum seekers in the UK as part of a plan to return 2500 failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. A Home Office spokesperson said: “Routine re-documentation interviews take place regularly at Home Office sites across the UK”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
As Zimbabweans worldwide await the results of a tightly fought election, Sheffield Live spoke to Michael Mazorodze of the optimism among Sheffield’s Zimbabwean community. The contest is the first since independence without Robert Mugabe on the ballor paper. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Campaigners have mounted a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall to protest the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Baillor Jalloh and Dr Nkululeko Sibanda are joined by Tonderai Samanyanga, the chairman for the MDCT in the UK and Ireland to discuss the death of their former leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who passed away on 14th February 2018 in South Africa after a long battle with cancer.
Political analyst and community worker, Dr Nkululeko Sibanda, in an interview with Sheffield Live!, has cautioned Zimbabweans abroad not to get too excited about the new government. With the resignation of 93 year old Robert Mugabe after 37 years of rule many are hoping for wider political change, but new president Emmerson Mnangagwa has questions to answer about his role in episodes of political brutality and repression under the previous regime. Baillor Jalloh reports.