By John Chimunhu|
The Movement for Democratic Change has deplored the decisions by Canada and South Africa to deport thousands of Zimbabweans whose applications for work permits and political asylum failed.
Canada has said it will deport 4 000 Zimbabweans while 40 000 are to be removed from South Africa.
MDC secretary for domestic affairs Lilian Timveos told Now Daily exclusively that Zimbabwe was far from being safe for political refugees to return.
“Zimbabwe is very tense politically,” Timveos said. “There is instability in Zanu PF and we have seen a lot of violence associated with that.”
Timveos also noted with concern that Zanu PF had resolved at its December congress to revive militia training of violent thugs known as ‘Green Bombers’ under the so-called Border Gezi ‘national service’ scheme. The militias caused political terror countrywide until their training was discontinued under a coalition government between Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF and the MDC led by former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
“There is still selective application of the law. Perpetrators of past acts of political violence have not been brought to book. Can you imagine what would happen if those political refugees come back only to meet the people who attacked them still roaming free?” said Timveos, who is senator for the Midlands province, scene of some of the worst Zanu PF violence since 1980.
There are an estimated three million Zimbabwean refugees who fled Mugabe’s terror and are enduring horrific conditions around the world.
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