Leeds dad taken off deportation flight to Zimbabwe last-minute




saac Kurangwa's family, including his two girls aged 4 and 14, has been left devastated (Image: Family)

A dad of two living in Leeds who was at risk of being deported has had his removal from the UK postponed.

Isaac Kurangwa, 47, was due to be forcibly removed from the country and sent back to Zimbabwe yesterday (Wednesday).

However, a last-minute decision was made by a judge to postpone his removal following a review into his case.

“God has prevailed,” his sister Everjoy Kurangwa, referring to the decision. “He’s not going.”

The 47-year-old from Beeston, is one of 50 Zimbabweans who were supposed to be removed from the country yesterday.

Isaac, who has been living in the UK since the early noughties, applied to be an asylum seeker after fleeing the country as he ‘feared for his life’ as a vocal supporter and member of Zimbabwe’s opposition party MDC.

His applications for asylum were denied along with his appeals despite the circumstances.

In 2014, he was handed a deportation notice and only last week, he was told he would be deported leaving his family including two British daughters aged four and 14.

Isaac has only committed minor driving offences between 2002 and 2012.

Wakefield dad of three Bryan Mucheriwa was also supposed to be deported yesterday but it confirmed that he would not be on the flight, as his legal team try to secure bail for him.

The Home Office has said 14 Zimbabweans, only a third of those who were meant to board the flight, was deported following a “historic landmark agreement with Zimbabwe”.

They tweeted: “Following a historic landmark agreement with Zimbabwe, we have returned 14 criminals who were sentenced to a combined total of over 75 years in prison.

“Since January 2019 we have returned over 7,985 foreign criminals from the UK, helping to keep our communities safer.”

Source: Leeds Live