Mozambique deports 23 Zimbabweans

MUTARE - Mozambique has deported 23 Zimbabweans apprehended for entering the country without valid documentation.

The all-male deportees, the oldest of which is 34, jammed a court here when they appeared before magistrate Sekai Chiundura.

They all pleaded guilty to unlawfully exiting the country without valid travel documents.

Holding hands, the 23 completely blocked the gallery’s view of the magistrate as they lined up across the court room.

They were remanded in custody for sentencing.

Prosecuting, Donald Mudadirwa alleged that the 23 crossed the porous Zimbabwe-Mozambique border through illegal crossing points at unknown dates.

The 23 were apprehended in Mozambique and handed over to Zimbabwe immigration officials at Forbes Border Post who interviewed them, establishing that they had no relevant travel documents allowing them to exit the country, the State alleged.

They contravened section 24 (1) of the Immigration Act Chapter 4:02 which criminalises exiting the country at “any place other than a port of exit.”

According to an affidavit written by Eastern region principal immigration officer, Tapuwanashe Chipura, they were deported from Mozambique on March 17 at 1100 hours.

The principal immigration officer noted that they were arrested for illegally staying in Mozambique.

Comments (12)

Mr Mugabe entered Moz illegally and he should have been one to the tried also. When are we going to be fed up with this hypocrisy? The Manyika province of Moz has more Shona speaking pple than the Zim Manyika province. Why do our leaders stick so religiously close to the colonial borders? How can Sadc work when innocent regional citizens are tossed around like this?

Chenjerai Hove - 21 March 2015

I do not normally comment on articles appearing on this forum and if I do have comments I usually mumble them to myself. The deportation of 23 Zimbabweans have caught me off guard, hence I am obligated to provide my sentiments. I am a proud Zimbabwean first and foremost and an African second. Africa, we are told, belong to the Africans. Continent-wide, liberation struggles were fought to rid off colonialism. In the fifties, Africans spoke with one voice, the likes of Kwame nkuruma, Julius Nyerere, samora Machel all spoke with one voice in so far as the emancipation of Africa was concerned. Those injustices that were fought in the past still exist today. Africa is more divided today than it was during colonial rule. I live abroad and I am constantly referred to as an African. I am happy to be given such a tag. I try as much I could to explain to the listener how Africa has evolved. I try as much to be an ambassador of good news to whoever care to listen. But wait a minute, I always shudder to realize I am not readily welcome in a continent l call home. To be called a foreigner in a continent you call home is repugnant. To be jailed, quarantined, secluded and branded as a lawbreaker when you set foot in a neighbouring country like Mozambique or Zambia is so alien a practice that must be rejected by those who call themselves Africans. Physical barrier in itself a perpetuation of our erstwhile colonialists, prevents free movement. This is in stark contrast to the state of affairs prevailing the western countries eg USA or Canada, where movement is not limited as there is no requirement for passport or visa to visit another state. The reader might argue that USA is one big country with different states, this is so but my argument is that at least there is free movement. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country.

Thaba - 22 March 2015

Contained... Thousands of people living along the Mutare border will never, in their life time have an opportunity to see the Indian Ocean, yet only a few couple hundred kilometres separate them from the ocean. There must come a new generation of Africans who will advocate for the free movement of our people. Why must I be called an African when I prevented to freely move in the continent of my birth? Where I currently reside, l often travel thousands of miles without any barriers at all. I feel free in a country or continent that is not my own. I am referred to as a resident or naturalized citizen, never called a foreigner before. Africa treats me differently. Zambians call me foreigner or makwerekwere, so do Batswanas and South Africans. Not to be outdone, Zimbabweans gave Mozambians mean names, such as makarushu.

Thaba - 22 March 2015

vave ku revenger ma moscan

timothy - 22 March 2015

Continued... To an ordinary African, the word tourist refers to an individual who is one of the following descent; Asian, European, Arab, and American. Not long ago, I took a trip to Victoria Falls. In the commercials that I watched on tv, had long been woowed by the surreal falls and the majestic bridge that dangles across the mighty Zambezi river. I stood in a line Together with other tourists of European discent and presented my passport to the Zimbabwean customs agent. He asked me a question I thought was just a routine one. I told the agent I was going to see the bridge. What came out of his mouth next shocked me. He asked me why I needed to see the bridge and what was so special about it.

Thaba - 22 March 2015

Continued... The tourists ahead of me, who happened to be of European discent were never asked the same question. I wondered why a fellow African would treat another african tourist with cynicism.

Thaba - 22 March 2015

.... the divide and rule principles of the former colonisers is still at work. we will fight among ourselves while they eat our sweat. We need to wake up!!!!!

joe - 22 March 2015

The bottom line of this story is to show how bad zimbabweans have been hit by poverty to an extent of going to Moza- "of all the places". What I find ditsurbing is for the local Magistrate to remand them in custody pending sentence. This must be a petty crime and in light of food shortages in prisons, just warn these people and release them

X-MAN IV - 22 March 2015

Am responding so as you visualize what at the other side of a coin before you flip it. Basically records of people in a foreign country are needed for a lot of reasons, for instance here in Zimbabwe, crime will be so easy to get away with with these harsh economic conditions prevailling, that is if i can filter in freely into any country. i bet you even our ZRP might not be in a position to fund investigations of such crimes...

zondo - 23 March 2015

@ Thaba ,that is fo u

zondo - 23 March 2015

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