A United Kingdom-based human rights organisation, the Zimbabwe Community Appeal Group (ZCAG), says more Zimbabweans are set to be deported from that country, some of them without a criminal history.
This comes as 14 Zimbabweans have already been deported from the UK amid reports that the deportees were criminals convicted of crimes including rape and murder.
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Fifty Zimbabweans were set for deportation but others could not be deported with UK authorities arguing that there were outbreaks of COVID-19 at some centres where individuals set for deportation were sheltered.
ZCAG expressed concern over the agreement between the British and the Zimbabwean governments to deport 100 more Zimbabweans, claiming that their safety was not guaranteed in their home country.
The rights groups said there were some morally upright and formally employed Zimbabweans who were being overshadowed by a political ploy by the government to regard them as criminals.
Foreign Affairs ministry acting spokesperson Livit Mugejo dismissed the claims as a political stunt by the deportees who did not want to come back home. He argued:
There are some Zimbabweans due for deportation, but they are not willing to come back home. They are using, and are politicking the issue to get attention and stop the deportations. We have only been notified about the 50 Zimbabweans who are due for deportation.
Whether there are more who are due for deportation, we are yet to be notified. Of the remaining 50 that are set to be deported, some are still challenging the legality of the move. If they succeed, they can remain there, but if their bid fails, we will see them here.
Zimbabweans scattered around the world left the country following the collapse of the economy while some were fleeing from political chaos that rocked the country at the turn of the millennium.