illegal Zimbabwean immigrants tortured and assaulted in Botswana

Zimbabwe’s Western Region Immigration Department said an average of 2400 Zimbabweans are deported from Botswana every month with a significant number reporting incidents of abuse.

Speaking to ZBC News, Western Region Assistant Immigration Officer, Mr Blessing Marwa said:

We receive an average of 2400 repatriations a month from our four ports of entry as the western region. Half of these complain of assault and in some extreme cases we send them back for treatment at the hands of the Botswana authorities. We sometimes receive information on  cases of Zimbabweans being shot.

ZBC News also interviewed, Mr Misheck Siziba who claims that he was inhumanly treated while in a detention camp after he had overstayed. Said Siziba:

I was assaulted while undressed at the hands of Botswana security officials for having overstayed in the neighboring country. The police beat us in detention camps before handing us over to the chiefs who further subjected us to more beatings in front of the community. They also took away my passport.

More: ZBC News

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