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Zim protest singer claims asylum in the UK – “faces torture if sent back”

UNITED KINGDOM – An asylum seeking singer claims he would face torture and violence if he was sent back to Zimbabwe – because of a CD he made criticising President Robert Mugabe.

Prince Mapetosa Mazwi
Prince Mapetosa Mazwi

A tribunal heard Prince Mapetosa Mazwi, who has been living in Coventry, had made a musical CD in this country criticising Mugabe’s controversial regime.

His legal adviser, Andrew Nyamayaro, wanted to play the “Voice of Freedom” CD to Immigration and Asylum judge Mr H S Sangha as the drummer sought asylum at an Immigration and Asylum Tribunal in Birmingham.

But Mr Sangha said the courtroom did not have the facilities.

Mr Sangha said: ‘‘We don’t even know if the voice on the CD if that of Mr Mazwi. It could be anyone.”

Mr Nyamayaro said the voice was that of the appellant and that he would be at risk if sent back to Zimbabwe as a result of the making the CD.

Mr Mazwi of Stoke Heath, Coventry, said he was a member of a group called the Movement for Democratic Change, which opposed the Government.

He said he had appeared on Twitter denouncing the Zimbabwe Government after making the CD in the UK.

The tribunal was told that Mr Mazwi sang controversial lyrics on the CD apart from playing the drums with his group. He complained he had been tortured and beaten up by security forces because of his protests shortly before fleeing to the UK.

Mr Mazwi appealed against a Home Office recommendation that his asylum seeking application should be refused after warning that he faced further torture and violence if sent back home.

“After being attacked and tortured in Zimbabwe I went into hiding, staying with friends, before coming to England,” he said. “I moved from place to place in Zimbabwe to avoid detection.”

Mr Mazwi made the CD in 2010. He had been a member of the opposition group since 1987 and said he had attended protest rallies.

Mr John Proctor, representing the Home Office, questioned whether Mr Mazwi would be at risk if he was sent back to Zimbabwe.

“The Home Office previously refused to grant Mr Mazwi asylum which has prompted his appeal today,” said Mr Proctor.

Mr Sangha said he would made a decision at a later date.

President Mugabe is now 91 and has been control of an alleged “violent and tumultuous” regime since 1987 despite unsuccessful attempts to remove him.

Zimbabwe is said to have one of the poorest economic situations in the world. Coventry Telegraph

  • Jojo

    Sad ,so many lies just to stay in that country.I know they will never touch this Mr Nobody (in political terms)

    • tafamutekwe

      He remains a nobody even in musical terms!

  • jojochenjera

    As a matter of interest; what was the opposition party in 1987?

    • 1987 was the year Zanu triumphed over Zapu and a one-party state was being mulled.

  • Joseph Matigimmu

    haunyare kunyepa sei tisingakuzive chero music yako hatisati tambonzwa kana song one

  • Brian

    Come on mugabe has got many things on his plate belive you not one of them

  • Madonsela

    If you returned to Zimbabwe you will face prosecution in the hands of Mugabe & ZANU PF cause you a sell out selling to the western people your life in danger if returned

  • thomasmugadzahweta

    true he will face the music if he were to come back cause anything said against the president will be dealt with. he is safer there than here

  • brian mug

    the zim legal system right now is not professional and as such this guy is much rather never to return to Zimbabwe as he may never see freedom coz of things like torture and being thrown into jail to suffer and this is not the ideal. he is much rather be in the uk than be sent back to Zimbabwe

  • Nkosi Moyo

    Keep him there dont send him to Zimbabwe he wont live here. We know Zimbabwe.

  • damien sibindi

    no freedom of expression in zimbabwe so this musician should never be sent back to zimbabwe.

  • roy nkala

    No ways dont bring him back here political crime is treated rough in zimbabwe. Keep him there n not send him back

  • Nyaradzo

    This person is at high risk of being prosecuted or killed if he goes back to Zimbabwe so he must stay in the UK

  • Lance Madinda Ndlovu

    He should remain in the UK! We here in Zimbabwe know and have seen with our eyes, what is done to people who oppose, speak wrongfully or bad about the President of Zimbabwe and his ruling party. People disappear or are killed and its all covered up as accidents. With the publicity of this issue at hand, if Mr. Mazwi be returned back to Zimbabwe, his life will be at great risk. He will be taken in, beaten severely or put in prison wher he will be tortured or killed and no 1 will ever know about it. So i urge he be left there in the UK

  • Lance Nkosi

    This mans life is at high risk, we here in Zimbabwe know and we have seen with our own eyes what is done to people that oppose the President of Zimbabwe and his ruling party. He must remain there in the UK, if he is returned here, he can be taken in prison and beaten or tortured, or he could be killed and they will just make it look as an accident and they are very good at that.

  • Lance Nkosi

    This mans life is at high risk, we here in Zimbabwe know and we have seen with our own eyes what is done to people that oppose the President of Zimbabwe and his ruling party. He must remain there in the UK, if he is returned here, he can be taken in prison and beaten or tortured, or he could be killed and they will just make it look as an accident and they are very good at that.

  • Thumelo Mlilo

    I share the same sentiments with others sending him back will ruin his life let alone even lose it cz of wat they do in Zim esp to those who oppose or speak ill against the leader of the nation. Keep him there hez much safer there.

  • Victor Moyo

    That guy must stay there period. y send him back to die?

  • Mkhululi Sibindi

    Sending him to Zimbabwe is as good as a death sentence let him find life there.

  • Michael Mpofu

    Please please keep the guy there we dnt want his demise or death in the hands of zanupf

  • Malvin Moyo

    this is not right to send him back. we know the human rights record is deplorable in this nation at this current juncture and as such its not advisable to send him back. he will be a victim of serious abuse on political grounds. the machinery of the present regime is merciless. let me stay there whether as a refugee or citizen its better off.

  • Nkululeko Sibanda

    After what happened to Itai Dzamara there is no way this dude will last a day in Zimbabwe. keep him there for the sake of his life

  • Mandlenkosi Mvula

    Looking at the magnitude of the issue this man has no life in zimbabwe in the present circumstances. rather keep him there worse off he is opposition so keep him there Britons so he can live and be safe

  • Mpangazitha Nduku

    this is a serious issue and we pray you consider the man’s life and do the honourable thing of ensuring he does not set foot in Zimbabwe cz he wont even see sunlight as they would have dealt with him. Stay in England mr sir thats the only way you will live…..