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Fears for Zimbabweans in Sheffield

February 2019

Update Feb 2019: Victor Mujakachi was released from detention on 15th February and given a three month period in which he will not be deported. Read his moving message at this link: ASSIST Sheffield

Following worries about asylum seekers being asked ‘distressing’ questions by a Zimbabwean Embassy official invited to Sheffield by the Home Office to interrogate them in December, the worst fears may now be realised. Two Zimbabwean nationals, who have lived in Britain for years, have been detained and are threatened with deportation to Zimbabwe.

Victor Mujakachi
and Khozani Ndvolu were held when they went to Vulcan House, the Home Office building in Sheffield, for an ‘interview’ on Monday 11th February. Several other Zimbabweans have been asked to attend Vulcan House over the next week, so fears are also high for their safety.

Zimbabwean asylum seekers have called for protests to support them when they go to Vulcan House. The UK government seems ready to deport Zimbabweans who are well-known and well-liked community activists, and at a time of political violence. The new Zimbabwean government of Emerson Mnangagwa seems to be as repressive as Robert Mugabe’s. There should be no deportations to Zimbabwe. Our asylum system should give protection to those who need it, not hand them over to torture or death.

Please sign the petition to release Victor Mujakachi from detention at

Join the demonstration on Tuesday 19th February 2019, 9am at Vulcan House, Sheffield Home Office, Millsands S3 8NU

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)

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