“I Don’t Know How He Will Restart His Life”-Woman Weeps As Son Is deported From UK
A woman whose 32-year-old son is amongst the Zimbabweans who arrived at Robert Mugabe International Airport yesterday after being deported from the United Kingdom has said she doesn’t know how he will restart his life.
In tears, the woman told journalists that her son (name withheld on request) had been taking care of his three siblings in Zimbabwe and two cousins whose parents are late, New Zimbabwe reports.
She said her son went to the UK 21 years ago at the age of 11.
He has left a wife and three children in the UK with the eldest still in primary school.
The woman who requested anonymity said:
“I just thank God he came back alive. I do not even know where or how he will restart his life and I know this is now only up to God himself.
“The last time I spoke to him he was really hurt that he was being forced to leave his children behind.”
The woman also said her son was the bread winner since all his siblings are not employed.
Cutting a lonely figure, she followed journalists around hoping to catch a glimpse of her son as he disembarked from a chartered plane that brought them back.
Government authorities, however, blocked them from public view while whisking them away from media view.
The deportees are the first of 150 Zimbabweans expected to be deported from the UK as part of its “summer season of charter flight deportations”.
Others are being deported to Vietnam, Nigeria, Ghana, and Jamaica.
The deportees are reported to have served time in various prisons in the UK for crimes ranging from rape, robbery, drug peddling, and murder.
Attempts by Duncan Lewis solicitors to block the deportations and a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel questioning the deportation to Zimbabwe where the government is accused of failing to uphold basic human rights, failed.
“We make no apology for seeking to protect the public by removing serious, violent, and persistent foreign national offenders. We have removed more than 700 criminals this year, with a combined sentence of more than 1,500 years in prison,” said the British Home Office.
Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana said the deportees will be quarantined at the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration and Management (ZIPAM) in Darwendale for 10 days before they rejoin their families.
“14 Zimbabweans arrived today (Thursday), they have been taken to ZIPAM, they will have Covid-19 tests and quarantined for 10 days, after being Covid-19 cleared, they will join their families and communities,” said Mangwana.
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