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Rwandese protests deportation

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A 22-YEAR-OLD Rwandese man convicted of smuggling cannabis into Harare Central Remand Prison yesterday protested against his deportation saying he would be killed if he ever sets foot in the Great Lakes country.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe sentenced the Rwandese to $20 fine or five days in prison and that he be immediately deported to Rwanda after paying or serving his sentence.

“You are sentenced to pay $20 fine or five days in prison and to be handed to Immigration Department for deportation to Rwanda immediately so that you don’t continue causing unnecessary problems to this country,” Mahwe said.

However, the man immediately protested arguing that he would not be safe if deported to Rwanda.

“I can’t go to Rwanda. Why can’t I go to South Africa? My father was a senior intelligence officer and they will kill me if I ever I set foot again in the country,” he told the court.

To which Mahwe responded, “The court has ruled and if not satisfied you can appeal to the Harare High Court.”

The State case was that the man who was at Remand Prison on charges of being illegally in the country had smuggled cannabis into jail against the prison regulations and in breach of laws that prohibit possession of the drug without a permit or prescription.

He was found in possession of a twist of the drug by prison officers leading to his arraignment on the drug charges.

Francesca Mukumbiri prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

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