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Zimbabwean man who saved two children from Manchester house fire to be deported from UK

By Mark Piggott | International Business Times |

An asylum seeker from Zimbabwe, who was hailed for his bravery after saving children from a house fire in which two adults died, is to be deported.

46-year-old Robert Chilowa at his home in Withington, Manchester, which he is trying to save after being told he has outstayed his welcome in the UK. Mr Chilowa, who came to the UK in 2001, says he is facing deportation back to Zimbabwe, where he says he fears for his safety, a month after being hailed a hero when he saved children from a fatal house fire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo: Pat Hurst/PA Wire

Robert Chilowa, 46, ran into a burning house in Withington, Manchester on 10 February and rescued two children from a fire which killed their grandparents Mohammed Awad (56) and Hasma (47). Another girl survived after jumping from a window.

Mr Chilowa, who was hospitalised for smoke inhalation following the blaze, received a letter from immigration officials on 1 March telling him it was safe for him to return home and must leave the UK within 12 days.

Mr Chilowa was also told all his benefits were being stopped and that if he needed help he could try the Red Cross, Salvation Army or religious organisations in the meantime.

“It is a slap in the face,” said Mr Chilowa (quoted in The Telegraph). “Friends said, ‘When are you going to see the Queen? When are you going to be knighted? I did a great job but now what they are saying is, ‘Get lost.’ It really broke my heart what I’m going through now. I did nothing wrong. I don’t have a criminal record. Someone should have a heart.”

Mr Chilowa, who fled Zimbabwe in 2001 leaving his wife and two children, has not said why he believes he would be in danger if he returned to Zimbabwe.

“I came here for political asylum,” he told BBC News. “[Life] was very difficult. I left my son and my daughter and my family. There isn’t any change [in Zimbabwe] at all… There are still sanctions.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need our protection and every case is assessed on its individual merits. If someone is found not to need our protection we expect them to leave the UK.”

A petition demanding Mr Chilowa be allowed to stay in the country had been signed by almost 3,000 people as of 4 March.

  • …and his offense?

  • what a price to pay for a good deed

  • SHAME

  • He must go to his country and vote

  • Huya kumusha

  • Yaaa haachadiwi hakuchatsvi imwe imba aripo

  • Maitiro

  • God will reward you for the good work you did. You will help people but they will treat you badly-do good anyway.

  • Ummmmmmm Mwari mubatsireiwo pliz ashandire mhuri yake pliz .this guy is a hero .

  • Dzoka kumusha uzoita bravery iyoyo uchisvaer nyika

    • Achiyi seva papi imi muriko ikoko kumusha kwacho why cant you save it?

    • Achiyi seva papi imi muriko ikoko kumusha kwacho why cant you save it?

    • Vanhu vezanu chete vanobvumirwa kutaura zvavanoda, uno saver nyika chii muzimbabwe yezanu

    • Kkkkkkkk ngaadzoke aite hero kuno

  • Dube

    No after 16 years. They are jocking, you are not going nowhere. Seek advice.

  • Chilowa? Is he really from Zimbabwe? Surname iyo ndeyekuZim here?

    • As long as he hv an Zimbabwean Identity he is a zimbabwean surname doesnt matter baba.

    • In Zim there Tongas, kalangas, Nambias, sothos, Vendas, Xhosas, Ndebeles, Shonas and many more.

    • Thanks I just wanted to know since there are some Malawians who claimed asylum vachiti maZimba then zvozobatwa kuti mayaz havasi. If he is from Zim surely they might give him another chance.

    • Lots of people in Zim of Malawian origin remember

    • I know, anaPhiri nemi anaMahommed πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    • zim is a true rainbow nation (not)****”**””””**

    • Kkkkkk

    • Yes tisu vacho machava

    • Most people from Manica land ,Mashona land central .Mash East originated from Mazambique

  • Robert it’s very sad …l pray that no weapon formed against you shall prosper as l speak be released from prison in the name of Jesus of Nazzareth. ….It’s bad for Nyarai and children

  • Shame wanguda You Deserve A Lot Man Why White People They Do This God Will Guide You Man And Watch You

  • That’s us zimbos we are just too gud

  • Nothing wrong with coming home my brother where no one can deport to anywhere

    • Kikkk Jabulani F Mandiveyi ka wandikachidza

    • How dare you call those mugabe ruins kumusha nhai?

    • How dare you call those mugabe ruins kumusha nhai?

    • Lol zvino angadii uno hausimusha waMugabe musha waMugabe it’s Singapore kuno kuZimba Mugabe anongoshanya kana oda mari yekudya kuSingapore

    • Lol zvino angadii uno hausimusha waMugabe musha waMugabe it’s Singapore kuno kuZimba Mugabe anongoshanya kana oda mari yekudya kuSingapore

    • I wish they can ban him also ku singapore after eating a lot pa birthday rake akuzvimbirwa, guys kuenda kusingapore nekuti wafufutirwa herezvimwe zvinhu so

  • Let them deport him he will stay there for 2 days and come back

  • If he was doing it out of his heart he will nt hv a pbm about it , i think they are deporting him caz he is an illegal immigrant.

  • In Jesus name let the deal be reversed.Believe my broe God is God of imposibilities see God’s power just believe u are not going anywhere.

  • Well doing good is from your heart so you dont need to demand people to do you good because you did something good. Expect it in life that after doing good you can still be fucked up and accept it. Dont rush into a rage of fire for the British gvt to grant you visa. Snd honestly since 2001 until now what were you doing in UK without regularising your stay?

    • Allahu akbarπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • U dont have pity for your fellow brothers thats the problem ngabantu if he was your family member will u be talking like that . Im not related to him but kuyahela

    • U dont have pity for your fellow brothers thats the problem ngabantu if he was your family member will u be talking like that . Im not related to him but kuyahela

    • Abbiegail James thts jus the plain truth why does he have to bad mouth Zimbabwe becoz he wants to live in England.

    • If u are not in UK u will not understand pliz feel pity for your fellow brother when they deport him where will he start from in Zim its hard back home especially when u have spent so many years abroad akuthambanga ekhaya bantu mina lm not related to him lm praying for him for God to have mercy imagine if he was your blood bro will u be talking like this Shantez Mashats

  • rules are rules finish and klaar

  • Come home son, its not like they are sending you to hell, there are 15million of us in Zim

  • home sweet home bro as long as you are alive ,the sky is the limit

  • Chikiti

    Many people had not planned to seek asylum before living home, as a result their cases had no merit due to lack of intelligent planning. It was as if we were caught unaware.

  • Easyman Bopoto

    Hero kuUK? Nxa zibenzi

  • God will reward you, you don’t need permanent residents as a reward but yu need blessings

  • God will reward you, you don’t need permanent residents as a reward but yu need blessings

  • There’s no need to derport people in Zimbabwe.If I was gvt I was going to open all borders and allow many people from outside to come stay in Zimbabwe.

    • Oooooh my God!Did you read CAREFULLY what the story is all about and WHERE this story and issue is from???Please get into the link and read very slowly and carefully my bro……even the headline is clear..eish…hayi aah.

    • Dube Is Dom Dom ,u Need To Be Sprayed Wit Doom

  • There’s no need to derport people in Zimbabwe.If I was gvt I was going to open all borders and allow many people from outside to come stay in Zimbabwe.

    • Oooooh my God!Did you read CAREFULLY what the story is all about and WHERE this story and issue is from???Please get into the link and read very slowly and carefully my bro……even the headline is clear..eish…hayi aah.

    • Dube Is Dom Dom ,u Need To Be Sprayed Wit Doom

  • Dont worry dea huya kumba Manga chena inoparira parere nhema. When Jesus wae cruisefied Maria and Martha also shouted to be killed after he raised their brother from death

    • Really?😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

    • Ummm ishuwa here idzodzi. Matthew 27:61

  • Dont worry dea huya kumba Manga chena inoparira parere nhema. When Jesus wae cruisefied Maria and Martha also shouted to be killed after he raised their brother from death

  • Keep doing gud nd God will answer u. The British a nt angels nor the country heaven. When one door closes another one opens don’t stop doing gud things

  • Keep doing gud nd God will answer u. The British a nt angels nor the country heaven. When one door closes another one opens don’t stop doing gud things

  • Its not safe for him to return once it is known that he claimed asylum in the UK.

  • Its not safe for him to return once it is known that he claimed asylum in the UK.

  • dzokai kumba

  • dzokai kumba

  • Token of appreciation for heroic deeds and bravery??

  • Token of appreciation for heroic deeds and bravery??

  • In ZIMBABWE we don’t have names like Chilowa this men is from Malawi or Zambia is being lying to say is a Zimbabwean.

    • Zimbabwe has such surnames at places close to the border with Zambia. Just like you find common names on either side of borders with all countries

    • Some traits of racism. A name does guarantees a citizenship.

    • You only think Zim is made of people with shona and ndebele surnames ? You are pathetic . You claim to know about your country yet You know very little about it. In Zimbabwe we have the Nambia, Tonga, Venda,Tshangani etc . people. They have different surnames like yours. Who are you to say he is not Zimbabwean?

    • There ‘re Zimbabweans of Malawian origin, the Bandas,Phiris, etc…

  • Looks like he or his family took sojourn in Zimbabwe, naturalised, and now he is trashing the country for a UK visa. These are people who bad mouth Zimbabwe the most instead of wooing investors from where they are unlike Nigerians. Anyway he is more than welcome back “home”.

    • I totally agree he is an economic refugee seeking asylum,don’t bad mouth your country jus to live in England go back home and start afresh,

    • An investor looks at the policies before making a decision to invest, so dont think the guy could have done anything to scare away investors

    • Your point being?

  • Tsitsi dzino tsikirira.

  • We all have mistakes; thanks to those corrected me;every where Zimbabweans are deported we are too many in their countries; people will never appreciate our help; we are irritating them.

  • Tsitsi dzinotsitsirira shuwa..

  • sorry my brother .. God will provide

  • varungu havana ma hero

  • Nyaya yemapepa yakangooma zvayo, Mwari ngavamuiitire nyasha.

  • bobsled

    could it be that his sacrifice does not register in some minds as a sacrifice because he saved the ‘wrong’ lives. If the kids he saved had names like Jones, or Smith things would probably be different…. just thinking

  • He has an Odd Surname for a Zimbabwean,πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

  • Home is best bro #proudly zimbabwean

  • Khumbula ekhaya otoda kuchemera kugara kunyika isiyako kkkkkkkkk huya kuno kumaBond notes kuno

  • This is a very sad story indeed what a shame. This guy is a hero and should be rewarded. This sorry hopefully it teaches us all kuti ziva kwawakabva nekuti kwaunoenda husiku. We all travel around the world 🌎 but let’s not forget to sort out things back home 🏑.
    Look at Trump people are being deported while dropping off children at school , this is serious not a joke guys and very scary. Gadzirai kumba mowana pekudzokera
    The world 🌎 is changing
    Anyway, His surname doesn’t seem to be Zimbabwean it sounds like a Zambian or Malawian . I never heard of Chilowa since the day I was produced

  • Why is he being deported?

  • tsitsi dzinotsitsira.

  • Tsitsi dzinotsitsirira veduwe πŸ˜”

  • Zimbabweans we have turned to problems in other countries plz come back home

  • No problem brother just come home , Jesus was more than u, but his reward was a cross . If u did a good thing , the good favour is always from the Heavenly Father dear .

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  • Dzokai kumusha mukoma ,, hamuzi murungu imi huyai tibatirane pamwechete.

  • NHEMA

  • dzoka iyamwe

  • Mugabe na Bona vakatodzoka zuro chaiye,huya hako kumba usatya

  • Ngaauye is our brother so long arimupenyu tongoitawo zviripo muzim yedu but kana waisatumira or kuchengeta mari zvichakuti omerei Mukoma wangu bcoz nyika yacho irikubvira kudarika moto kkkk irikufemesa ….

  • They are so many Malawians with Zimbabwean citizenship zvoshamisa here izvozvo

  • Is he being deported for saving lives or on immigration grounds

  • Even the permit holder in SA are going to be deported next yr it’s part of life when u live in foreign land

  • Tough hey

  • yowe

    Garai muine mapepa akakwana varume…if people from a war torn country like Syria are not accepted as refugees ko imi maZimbo??? UK has no obligation yekuti chengeta

  • Kkkkk

  • Well done dude

  • Saxton

    2001-2017 that is 16 years straight. Wasted on false hope that you will be settled in U.K. Things are not going to get better, many people/politicians in developed countries hate immigrants. Unfortunately it has become Trumplicious to campaign along those lines. Deported he shall be.

  • Mudzidzisi Ticha Bernard

    The only crime you committed is that you saved a “Mohammad”.If it was Harrison Jones or Thomas Mike you could be a British passport holder as I write this comment.

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