A British Army veteran “lives in fear every second” due to the threat of deportation to Zimbabwe.
Joram Nechironga spent over 20 years in the UK and served in Iraq during his five years with 9 Supply Regiment, based at Hullavington Barracks, Wiltshire.
But the Coventry resident is involved in a long legal battle with the home office to prevent his removal and hopes to raise funds to launch a judicial review.
The father-of-two said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linked to his frontline experiences, which at one point led him to drink, and he also served time jail as a result.
But the House of Commons heard the 42-year-old “change his life” by working as a painter and decorator after his release, along with his Labor MP. Zara Sultana (Coventry South) urging ministers to prevent his deportation.
Mr Nechironga fears for his safety if returned to Zimbabwe and claims he was ‘tortured and beaten’ for serving in the British army and was considered a ‘spy’ when he was last visit in 2006.
The Home Office does not accept this claim due to “inconsistencies” in Mr Nechironga’s account and wants him to leave the country as soon as possible.
His latest requests for protection and for his deportation order to be revoked were rejected by the Interior Ministry.
Mr Nechironga said he apologized for his mistakes and wanted the opportunity to continue his life in the UK and receive the treatment he needed for his mental health.
He told the PA news agency: “I live in fear every second, they put my life on hold.
“I went to jail and did my sentence and then I did my probation and I was done.
“I had no problem living with people in the community. I’m not a person who’s been in jail so many times, this was my first time since I’ve been in this country.
“Getting a judicial review is my only hope at the moment and it’s important to me, only I have to seek help from my partner and my family if they could help me but they are exhausted mentally and financially to help me.”
Mr Nechironga was granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK in August 2007 and says he has no connection to Zimbabwe.
He received a deportation order in January 2019 after being convicted of assaulting a family member and sentenced to 32 months in prison, 17 months of which, 15 months of which was on probation.
Mr Nechironga spent almost a month at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Center near Heathrow between February and March this year and was nearly deported on March 2.
He said: ‘I feel hopeless every time I hear a knock on my door. I just feel weak because of the way immigration came to get me.
“It was scary for me because I didn’t expect treatment like that with my PTSD and how they wanted to kick me out and put me on a bus when I was apparently not on the flight manifest.
Since his release from Colnbrook, Mr Nechironga has said he cannot work, study or claim benefits.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Mr Nechironga have made representations based on his mental health, PTSD and the “unsafe environment” for him in Zimbabwe.
The Home Office, in response to a request for protection, told Mr Nechironga: “It is argued that you have not established a well-founded fear of persecution, therefore you are not eligible for asylum. .”
In response to its request to revoke the eviction order, the department said there were “no grounds to revoke your eviction order.”
Documents show that the decisions were made by the department on April 14, but this was not communicated to Mr Nechironga until June 13.
Andrew Nyamayaro of Tann Law Solicitors said it appeared to be a “ploy” to defeat a judicial review as it must be submitted to court within three months from the date of the decision.
Mr Nyamayaro, who provided legal representation for Mr Nechironga, said: ‘For reasons better known to themselves, the Home Office took the decision in April but faxed it to us there. a few days.”
He added, “Joram still faces a risk of deportation and hence the importance of judicial review.”
Mr Nyamayaro said he had advised Mr Nechironga to look for a firm that still offered legal aid as they no longer take legal aid cases and would instead have to charge him.
He added: “All financial supporters are welcome if he wants to continue with us as he is struggling financially.”
Costs for a judicial review could be over £3,000 and increase further if there is an oral hearing.
The Home Office said Mr Nechironga has three months to initiate a judicial review from the date he received the letter, rather than from the April date on the letter.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “Our priority will always be to keep our communities safe, which is why we make no apologies for seeking to deport foreign criminals and since January 2019, we expelled more than 10,000.”