THE 14 Zimbabweans who have been released from detention in Britain after serving jail terms for various offences arrived in the country this morning and were immediately whisked to a quarantine facility.
The 14 are part of an initial 50 who were set to be ejected from the UK last night, but the rest wriggled their way out of deportation at the last minute, some as a result of Covid-19 infections while others secured reprieve after the intervention of their lawyers.
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade acting spokesperson Livit Mugejo explaind why only 14 deportees arrived out of 50.
“The number is now down to 14 due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in some detention centres. Others also successfully raised last minute objections with the courts and were allowed to appeal their deportations due to what they say changed circumstances,” said Mugejo.
At the Harare Airport, a police Renault Kwid was on standby and immediately escorted the two buses ferrying the arrivals to a quarantine facility.
All in all, the UK Home Office seeks to deport 152 Zimbabweans and hundreds of Jamaicans and other nationalities over their past crimes on the island.
Most of the targeted deportees have been in the UK for decades and some have British children.