Malawi family in Ireland fights deportation

A Malawian family living in Dublin are running rings around the Irish authorities as they fight deportation from the country.

Chigaru

Chigaru

Clement Chigaru and his wife, Angela Peters, applied for asylum in Ireland, claiming that their daughter is at risk of rape from her grandfather as he seeks a cure for his HIV infection. That claim was rejected on its initial assessment, and again by the Refugee Asylum Tribunal, and steps were taken to deport them. Undeterred however, the family have launched various appeals to various courts to be allowed to stay.

In late July, they were granted an injunction by the Irish Court of Appeal halting their deportation. The judgement states that the family has been dishonest in its asylum claim, and has remained in Ireland illegally. However, the judges felt sorry for the two children being uprooted from their life in Ireland and granted the injunction stopping the deportation, until a full appeal can be heard and judged.

Chigaru and Peters arrived in Ireland with their one-year old daughter in April 2008. Their story when claiming asylum was that Peter’s father was HIV+ and had been told by asing’anga that to be cured he must have sexual intercourse with a virgin from his own bloodline. Bizarrely, it was claimed that the grandfather threatened to violate his baby grand-daughter for that purpose. This caused the family to flee Malawi.

When interviewed by the Irish authorities, Peters claimed that she did not know that she could be assisted in Malawi by the police or by NGOs. For his part, Chigaru said that the family could not have moved elsewhere in the country because his wife was six months pregnant with their second child, and he did not want her to experience any pressure in such relocation.

The Irish rejected the claims of the parents on credibility grounds, noting that police protection was available and that the highly educated parents were quite capable of relocating within Malawi. They also wondered how a pregnant woman could claim not to be able to relocate within Malawi, but could manage do so to Ireland, a country thousands of kilometres away and with which she was not familiar.

There was a period of time when the family absconded and the adults worked illegally, and it was only with some difficulty that the authorities were able to track them down and to start their attempts to deport them.

Even though deportation has been halted, the judges noted:

“It is plain that both the father and the mother have each engaged in wholescale abuse of the asylum system. In the period since the deportation orders were first made in against them in August 2011 they have each worked illegally and have also avoided their reporting obligations with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. If one looked at the cases of the parents in isolation, their applications for interlocutory relief would have little to commend them given that both of them have deliberately and [insolently] thwarted and evaded their obligations under the immigration system.”

However, the judges wrote a convoluted, legal decision halting the deportation temporarily on the grounds that it was unfair to penalise the children because of the behaviour of their crooked parents. They wrote:

“The deportation of these children to Malawi would be massively disruptive for them, as it would have huge implications for their schooling, friendships and family structures.”

In his LinkedIn profile, Clement Chigaru describes himself as a self-employed actor/writer. He says that he has attended two years at the Gaiety School of Acting, and is presently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. On the website StarNow he has posted pictures of himself in various acting poses.

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53 thoughts on “Malawi family in Ireland fights deportation”

  1. dull professor UK chapter says:

    ndimaona ngati ndindekha amene sindikumvesa za nkhaniyi,a Nyasatimes times chonde timakupopani tikakhala moyendamu please osamatichitisa manyazi lembani nkhani mwa straight forward osazungulira zungulira

  2. GLORIA says:

    EISH! too bad

  3. Mdifu says:

    Sizikumveka why reporting zinthu zoterezi,pamenezambili mkulephera

  4. Nachisale says:

    Nena how can you let this stupid wife of yours turn you into such an idiot?
    Iwe mwana wa bwino zedi wa chilungamo, olimbikira ntchito kukapezeka ndi nkazi ameneyu? Bambo ake akunenawo ngakhaledi anali amatenda ndimayesa anamwalira tinakayika kalekale? Bambo ameneyu wapita atawononga atsikana ambili mu 47. Ana ake onse kuphatikiza nkazi wakoyo anatengela bambo a wo za uhule. Bwerako kumeneko Ana akowo tidzasamala ife abale ako. Usatichititse manyazi ndi Jazebel ameneyu! Osayipitsa dzina LA bambo ako motele!

  5. Marley says:

    Lembani nkhani zothandiza Plz.

  6. i love sindi simutowe says:

    ka nkazi wayima nako kali bullet.

  7. Bingu! says:

    Your stupidity, zogogulisa ma passport kwa aliyese nde izi, this people are not malawians, anagula ma passport a malawi, kukalowela nawo ku asylum n fake names! I can’t believe how stupid our leaders are, mkhwimitsani malamulo inu, musamangone! Ntchito kumba basi

  8. Nasan says:

    Mumava bwanji mukamapanga malipoti A boza muzaziona akazakungwilani inuyo ku china mukupita kuja

  9. wawa says:

    Peter Nkosi you are stupid….How many people they are living illigaly in UK OR USA.. these people are not the first malawians to apply for assylum …in any country in the world.

    why your are not reporting of nigerians ….our president did the same in USA.. SO WHAT?
    Malawians open your eyes and see…..our friends are ahead of time …muzipusa choncho
    Leave these people alone

  10. myao says:

    Mukutibowa mwamva.

  11. Gas Machine Head says:

    Are you a brother to Isdore and the other brother in Washington D.C.? If you are, ask them how they ensured their stay in the US.

  12. ade says:

    THANKS THEY DO NOT HAVE TUMBUKA NAMES.

  13. enuf said says:

    This is js so fucken ridiculous
    How can you say that about your own blood, and my beloved country Malawi

    Js say u prefer ireland to Malawi for a better future of your children

    Why cookup such shit

    And nyasatimes y do u have to report such nonsense

    How many apeals are being filed all over the world by malawians r u gonna report all

    Shame on this couple
    Shame on the person who reported

    And bravo to the judge who despite all the right law at his disposal for deportation
    Still allowed them to stay, Looking at the children’s future

    Plz malawian there is a lesson to learn from this

    Learn it!

  14. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Kodi kumeko kulibe make a plan? Bweranikoni mbuyache, owani khunnanara! Apo bi, musova or kuphedwa.

  15. Honourable Chanamuna says:

    Kkkkkk koma abale

  16. Basikolp says:

    If you want asylum don’t do it by disgracing your country and relatives!!

  17. TUMBUKA PRIDE says:

    Koma, This guy is GARU wachabe chabe! Mpaka kupanga accuse your own father of rape just to get asylum! What a shameless ass douche! I hope they get deported back to Malawi. Kunthawa umphawi by making up ridiculous claims. Bitch bye! Be GONE!

  18. nana says:

    You two Malawians are liars and a Shame to our nation.we have police and activists here at home who deal with these matters.deport them back stupid couple

  19. khalupa says:

    Usazuze Moyo,bwelera ku nyumba.why shaming yourself and your families with that obvious baked lies.

  20. mjiba says:

    Kodi chigalu mwana wa former police man? lero ukuti makolo ako akuchikazi akufuna kuchinda mwana wako kuti atsuke edzi mthupi. Abale tiyeni tizilemekeza makolo zikakanika kumangobwera kuno kumudzi zochita zambiri

  21. Moses Makoko says:

    Thumbs up for one called ‘observer’

  22. KARU UNITED says:

    And the youthful Irish move in droves to the USA, citing lack of opportunities back home.

  23. Dab 1 says:

    Hope it all goes well.You are a very good person,beautiful inside out.A Malawi azitukwana apa but hey,a lot of them do not even know you.All the best my boy Nena.There is a God out here

  24. mwanamulopwana says:

    This Clement chigaru is very stupid and childish,kulola kunyozesa khololake for sake of seeking asylum, stupid idiot and stupid woman

  25. lesta says:

    Foolishness of the highest level,agogo awana akuchikazi? Osakakhala kuchimuna bwanji? Zauchikamwini basi zopusa,be ashamed of what you say to other countries about your country,thus patriotism,how far did these bimbos go with school? They are a shame.

  26. Chimani. Game says:

    Real idiots and liars,send them home.there is no such thing in malawi

  27. Jimuni says:

    Just admit that you is running away from poverty!!!

  28. Manifesto Silungwe says:

    Sha! Koma azigogo ali pamavuto kwabasi! Ngati asakuimbidwa mlandu waufiti akunamiziridwa HIV!

    Kabanja koteembereredwa aka! HIV mukunenayo muli nayo ndinu ndipo munamupatsira kale mwanayo kwatsala ndi kuti agwiriridwe ndi nkhalamba yachizungu kuti zomwe mukukamba zipherezeredwe!

  29. Joseph Moyo says:

    Lucius Banda amatha kuimba,ndipo ndi ozichepesa ukamupeza.now kodi pamene amat siya kuimba amati tivutike ndife?akagulisa ndaramazo timadya ndife?Wambali amat wasiya pano ati watulusa album.ndye ife zitikhuze?anthu akulukulu ngat inu mukulephera kuziwa kut kuimbakumakuchitiran ubwino nokha osat ife zimangotithera dora.khalidwe limenero alinawonso ma prof.player amangot tasiya mumaonangat mukasiya bas enawo saziimba kapena saziponya mpirawo?musamatitopese ndi nkhan zot musiya kaya mwasiya ngat mukasiya ife tifa.kuzolowera kunyengereledwa et .ma show/nyimbo zanu timagula olo zo bena samatipasa ulele.mpiranso timalipira ndipo allowance yanu ndi msonkho wathu mulekeletu zomat ndasiyandasiya mumasowankhan kapena?blame technology ndipo mudayambira kuimba muja bola akadat azidandaula oimba asopanowa komanso mumawathamangira kut muwajere bwanj osamatenga osaziwika ali mbweee muwathandize aziwike?juga bas

  30. Wozisata says:

    Malawi is a failed state.Who would love to bring up his kids in a failed state where people do not value hardworking?Things only works for a few crooks who are connected to politicians.You see people building mansions and driving expensive cars mostly obtained in a crooked way while 95 % of the population is in dire poverty.People in Malawi like clapping hands for politicians who are ripping them off heavily.The standard of living has gone down heavily.We have this tribalistic professor who also seems clueless in everything.All people who were living flashy lives seems to be connected to cashgate cases that seems to have to have no end where even alot of cabinet ministers and their old ailing president is connected.He is right to fight his deportation for his kids sake.Ana azaphunzire pa mtengo?Malawi needs to overhaul this stupid system.We need a revolution to change things in this country.Mutharika and his Lomwe cohorts are taking Malawi for granted.Mutharika should simply step down.

  31. Joseph Moyo says:

    koma yozemberai idaliyofoila mpaka ku ireland kuthawa agogo?vuto ndi umphawikuno kumuz.komabe ndanyadila muli banja lonse enawa pa jon pompa banja kuiwala poyenda pa bus!

  32. crazy stuff says:

    Come home. Our beautiful mudzi and motherland malawi. Come and be part of cashgate, robbery, potholes, minibus rides, blaming mwenyes for every problem, lick the mzungu ass!
    Welcome home.

  33. Hoitty says:

    Kulolera kunyoza atate wanu kamba kofuna kukhala kunja? Mpaka HIV iwachititsa agwilire mwana?Koma bambo akamva zimenezi amva bwanji mumtima?

  34. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    Senseless thoughtless useless asylum seekers. Couldnt they cook better and sound reasons rather than kunyozetsa munthu wamkulu? Just cone back very quickly ss l can see the lrish govt deporting all of you sooner

  35. GRM says:

    They have a right to fight for their deportation. Koma asafike ponamizira agogo motero. Moti agogowo adzawalandira akawathamangitsa awa?

  36. chingolopiyo says:

    Mukangonenanso kuti ku Malawi kwaoopsya chifukwa Ena akuweta nsato ndipo a VP achenjeza kale za mkhalidwe otele.

  37. i love sindi simutowe says:

    kkkkkkkkk! this is a classic. koma guys, pena pake mukumatinyozetsa amalawi. sungapeze filimu ina please? yoh ngati iwe sungampatse chibakela bambo wakoyo akamavayila mwana wako?

    olo kuthawa madalako, bwanji sunathawile ku mbayani olo ku ntandile? mpaka ku ireland wo!

    filimu yogwira imakhala ya political. “akufuna andiphe chifukwa cha ndale” silephela kigwila. komabe, uli ndi mwayi poti azungu ndi opusa. mwina igwila

  38. Truck says:

    Its really a Drama eh!

  39. Hahahahahahhaahha. Agogo atukwanidwa in the interests of securing asylum. Little Brother wako MacMillan akuchita Za nzeru ku States. Iwe pa Ireland ukuchita zopusa. Foolish man

  40. Mtochi says:

    Number 1 wandiwaza kwambiri

  41. Tamanda Sauka says:

    Bwerani kuno kholowa aliko. Mene ku India kunandikwanira ine. Ndiye wina azinena kuti akufuna kumakhala kwawenibe. Mhuuu

  42. gojo says:

    zazi short sighted ful

  43. Moses says:

    They are simply running away from poverty.

  44. Moja moja says:

    Idiots, just come home and find something productive to do. Look, I made money this year selling beans, do you know how much a kilo is? MK 650 at Limbe market. I had 40 bags, each weighing 50kgs! Can you imagine??? Malawians like to eat beans, the boarding schools and hosptials, people u can not go wrong. Look, I am not selfish to keep secrets but impani matambala a malawi please.

  45. Souja says:

    Stupid fools,you just embarassing ourselves there,UMPHAWI WATIFINYADI POYIPA A MALAWI mpaka kunamizira madala ake kuti ndiwogwirira ana,may God forgive you with your business,eishh koma kunja nkwabwinodi abale.

  46. C Sekeani says:

    Kwaeni kulibe nkuwe! Its traumatic to leave the amenities of the first ‘world’I…the judges are very sympathetic…these are harsh realities of life!!! Pepani pepani.

  47. GANYAVU says:

    Zaziiiiiii !!!!!!!!!!.

  48. ankolo says:

    The picture is that of his elder siser-certainly not his wife?

  49. The real ujeni says:

    Kupusa uku, lying that the daughter is at risk of rape??? Stupid excuse, you think people are so stupid they can buy the stupid excuse. You people you have home. Ireland is for Irish people, who else will develop Malawi if we all go to Ireland and give stupid excuses just to want to live there. Alot of female prostitutes from Malawi are trying all means to sleep with ma Irish without shame, not even scared of diseases, sin or respect, but just want to have a stay in foreign land. We Malawians our thinking is stupid that’s why our country remain poorest on earth.

  50. Lucky Shawa says:

    East or West home is best. Osanamizira agogo

  51. mtumbuka1 says:

    Stop creating unnecessary excuses dude just come home and start all over again. It’s not a crime to go back home after all there’s no better place than ones home.

  52. Nabetha says:

    I doubt if the story of a grandfather wanting to rape the girl as a cure for his HIV is true. I’m also pleased with the judge’s observations that the story is not adding up, however, the judge is also right by giving the order to suspend their deportation taking into consideration the social life of the child. This is the decision coming from the real judge not these lawyers that we have here in Malawi.

  53. Observer says:

    This is utter nonsense!!!!!!!!! Please find other reasons to get asylum and not the reason thereof. Tips of reason you can select from: insecurity in Malawi (even ACB Director was murdered). Vice President robbed, Atupele, Police being killed (Petroda saga) and the list goes on. You could as well say your children have never experienced any power blackout and that going to a country full of darkness would jeopardize their existence. THAT ATLEAST IS THE TRUTH.

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