UK to throw out former cop

A former policeman who admitted being involved in farm invasions and Operation Murambatsvina has been denied asylum in Britain.

Amos Nyakudya, 45, arrived here in 2009 using a visitor's visa obtained a year earlier in Macedonia, where he represented Zimbabwe on a UN peace-keeping mission to Kosovo.

Nyakudya, employed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police for 19 years, claims to have fled Zimbabwe after he was recorded by a colleague stating that President Robert Mugabe must stand down.

The UK Border Agency said he had either participated in or done nothing to stop abuse of human rights by the police in Zimbabwe.

Nyakudya had said he was “aware of the torture, violence and murder committed by the police during the invasion of white-owned farms”, but he insisted that his role had been simply as a driver “dropping constables off and picking them up”.

The authorities here also made a link between Nyakudya and President Robert Mugabe, suggesting that officers deployed to Kosovo are usually those who showed "unswerving loyalty to Zanu (PF)".

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