Why Zimbabwe deported David Hundeyin

By Samuel Ogunsona

The Governmnt of Zimbabwe has said that Mr David Hundeyin was deported for presenting Ghanian travel papers at the Harare Airport.

Zim said Hundeyin was seeking Asylum in Ghana using the same papers for his travel to Zimbabwe.

Hundeyin is believed to be running away from his home country, Nigeria.

The Zimbabwe Permanent Secretary in the Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Service, Nick
Mangwana denied Hundeyin was maltreated.

He said he was carrying a Nigerian Passport but had earlier sought asylum in Ghana and later travelled to Zimbabwe with same papers.

Mangwana said Hundeyin was “promptly arrested, detained and deported.”

Mangwana tweeted, “It seems David Hundeyin while carrying a Nigerian Passport, he is seeking asylum in Ghana and those are the papers he travelled with. Unfortunately for him, Ghanians are not allowed in Zimbabwe without a VISA and he was promptly arrested, detained and deported.”

While commenting one Zimbabwean wrote “I am sorry that this journalist found himself in this situation. That said, we do have Immigration laws in our country that are obligatory to all prospective entrants, and no profession is immune to them. If someone’s travel document is such that they need a Visa, that law applies to everyone including “an award winning journalist.Our laws are blind to social stations or attended achievements.

“Jaqui, since he has chosen to put all his issues out without making full disclosure, it forces us to give details we would have preferred not. But we realize this may affect how Zimbabweans are treated when they visit Nigeria so we are going give the information here.

“David came with Ghanaian Refuge papers claiming he was a Nigerian who was a refuge from his home country. His country of Asylum is Ghana after claiming to be running away from persecution in Nigeria. People in this category certainly need Visas to enter Zimbabwe. He wasn’t coming in to work as a journalist. He said he was just coming to visit but without getting a Visa in Ghana first. Other parts of his story were also unsatisfactory to the immigration authorities. He was considered not a candidate for entry into Zimbabwe.”

“The great fraternal relationships between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Zimbabwe do not preclude the nationals of either country from the inconvenience of meeting Visa requirements of either sister nation. You are not even sure whether he is even being treated as a Nigerian or another nationality.

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