Sunday, June 16, 2024

Ugandan asylum seeker sues Botswana gov’t over deportation

A Ugandan national who was denied asylum and served with a deportation order is challenging the government’s decision in court.

Peter Muganga through his lawyers, Bayford and Associates approached the High Court seeking for additional review of the Refugee Advisory Council decision not to grant him refugee status.
When appearing before Judge Tshepo Motswagole this week the Directorate of Public Prosecution and Muganga’s lawyers, agreed to set a date of argument in court pending a review on the refugee council decision not to grant him refugee status in court.

The DPP and his lawyers however agreed that he will be remanded at First Offenders Prsion while awaiting for the outcome of the case at the High Court.

In an interview the Department of Immigration Director, Pule Mabuse stated that they still consider Muganga an illegal immigrant in Botswana.
He said that they were not quick to deport him since he challenged the issue of his asylum in court.

Mabuse stated that there is nothing wrong with their intention to deport Muganga because the Refugee Council Committee comprising of the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security and UNHCR officials could not grant him asylum.

Mabuse said that Muganga informed them that he feared for his life in his country of origin but when they gathered information they found out that there was nothing true about what he claims.


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