UK refuses Visa to daughter of ‘dying’ Malawi mum

The UK Home office has refused to grant a visa to the daughter of Mrs Vera Godfrey who is suffering from advanced cancer and now under respite care in a UK hospice.

Speaking to BBC,  Mrs Godfrey, who moved to the UK from Malawi over a decade ago, said that she would like to share some of her final moments with her only daughter, Chimika Mwamba who is in Malawi and works as a nurse.

A Malawian mother who's dying of cancer says she's devastated that her daughter has been refused permission to enter the country to help care for her.

A Malawian mother who’s dying of cancer says she’s devastated that her daughter has been refused permission to enter the country to help care for her.

Chimika Mwamba: I dont want to stay in UK

Chimika Mwamba: I dont want to stay in UK

According to  the BBC report, the home office has refused her a visa over fears she may not return to her country of origin.

However, Chimika has categorically denied this, stating that she doesn’t want to go to the UK for work, but rather, just to be with her dying mum and take care of her.

“She has been told me that she is dying …in short, so who wouldn’t want to be with their parent in a situation like..”, queried Chimika on BBC.

She emphasised that she is the first born child in the family and her mother’s only daughter.

Angela Godfrey, Vera’s sister in-law said that being a mother and having a daughter herself, if she was in Vera’s situation, she would want her daughter beside her.

She further stated that psychologically, Vera and her daughter Chimika are very close, always texting each other until the last one month when Vera has been critically ill and she feels that it is grossly unfair that the home office has denied Chimika the visa.

Charlie Elphicke, Mrs Godfrey’s MP has blamed mistakes on the application for the refusal and stated that the decision is under review by the home office.

Speaking to Nyasa Times, Chairperson of Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham Ms Brenda Iyoha, expressed shock and dismay  at the plight of Mrs Godfrey’s family.

She said that it is inconceivable to expect a family facing such an ordeal to be told that they cannot have their daughter to offer love, care and support for their mother, wife and friend.

“As the chairperson of Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham, and also a daughter and a mother myself, I’ve taken to raising the plight of the family and offered assistance in any way that we can. I understand the government has its rules but I feel in this case they have applied the rules disproportionately and without compassion.

“All everyone wants to see more than anything is Mrs Godfrey to be surrounded by her nearest and dearest at this difficult time. If a guarantor is required for Ms Chimika Mwamba’s visa application, I will put myself forward”, she added.

Immigration lawyer and legal expert, Sherrif Kaunde of Liberty Immigration Services also expressed surprise at the home office’s decision.

“We are pretty much surprised with the Entry Clearance Officer’s (ECO) approach in this matter. Clearly, this matter raises sufficient compelling and compassionate circumstances to justify the Secretary of State exercising her discretion in the Applicant’s favour and exceptionally grant entry clearance outside the immigration Rules to enable her travel to the UK and spend time with her ill mother”, explained Kaunde.

He emphasised the fact that on the general, one would expect that the Applicant meets all the requirements under which Visitor visas are granted. However the ECO is tasked to assess all the evidences submitted with the application including those that state the purpose of the visit. “Under the circumstances in which this application was made,  we fail to find the reason why it was refused and question the ECO’s failure to find sufficient compelling circumstances for him to exercise the powers of discretion granted to him by law”, added Kaunde.

Chimika’s visa refusal has once again called into question how Malawians, and Africans in general, are viewed by the UK and other western countries.  Understandably, immigration is a big issue for these countries and by all means it must be controlled.

However, there are special circumstances, like that of dying Mrs Vera Godfrey’s, where human compassion must prevail over statistics. Whilst most people have shown compassion, few have commented on the desire for Africans to take any opportunity to settle in the UK.

Chimika has said it herself that she won’t settle in the UK and become part of the statistics of the much maligned immigrants.

Before coming to the UK, Mrs Godfrey worked as a secretary at Kamuzu Academy, also known as the Eton of Africa for a very long time. It is at Kamuzu Academy where she met her husband, Mr Godfrey, a British Expat who was teaching Geography and Religious studies at this renowned institution.

Upon completion of her husband’s tenure, she joined him in the UK, where she worked as a receptionist in the National Health Service (NHS) in Dover until cancer incapacitated her.

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52 thoughts on “UK refuses Visa to daughter of ‘dying’ Malawi mum”

  1. johntembo says:

    Chimika akapita sakabwerako uyi. pomukaniza viza yo akuziwa bwino bwino kuti afuna polowerako ku England. Wodwalayo akwere ndege azibwera azafere kuno kwawo. Nanunso mahule achiMalawi kutengeka ndi mizukwa ya ku Yulupu mumaona ngati ndi zinthu. si izi zakupatsani matenda pokukwerani konyerera.

  2. vincent n manzi says:

    Chimika please be praying for the betterment of the situation.

  3. vincent n manzi says:

    Chimika its me your uncle Vincent Mzuzu.please keep me informed on no 0995295621.I wish i had the muscle to rescue the situation.

  4. vincent n manzi says:

    Aunt Chimie , i have gotten it on nyasatimes of the illness of mum and its unfortunate that these world governments behave in such manner. Everyone is going to die so why deny a person in this situation asimple thing like a visa. How is a visa important compared to a persons life. Please play it humanly. Tomorrow it will be you. ———Vincent brother to Vera.

  5. Henry Matenda says:

    Chimika, wishing you go to the UK to take care of her in a difficult situation she is now but know that UK is beautiful place and if you plan to stay longer you will be searched till you are found,so don’t attempt to hide…….All the best to your mother…..

  6. Nama says:

    This is a sad development however i have a few questions with no answers.
    1.You mean this lady married to a British national could not afford to get papers for her only daughter?
    2.You mean all the time she has been in UK ,she relied on texting as amode of communication with her daughter as indicated?
    3.You mean she never visited Malawi since she left?
    Anyway zonse akudziwa ndi mzungu wolesayo.

  7. eeeish says:

    i feel g her

  8. kamangadazi says:

    Yes Chimika, DON’T STAY in UK. Because White Men CANNOT leave U a lone BECAUSE of UR Beauty. GO THERE, NURSE UR MUM & RETURN HOME.

  9. GRM says:

    Kodi zija zokafera kwanu zinasintha koma tifere koyenda? This is contrary to reason. If she is obviously dying why spend on travel accommodation etc? I am sure her argument is weak and if she continue on that line she will not be successful even if she put too much emotions in the application.

  10. Ian Hzwyzj says:

    Komadi A Malawi ife paliponse God, God kodi Godiyo ali kuno kwathu kokha? God akhala chishango chobera anthu tspano pa Malawi pano kale adali asing’anga lero ndi aleluya

  11. Nkondo says:

    Amayi akanapangitsa Visa/Permit kalelkale. Iwowa anapita ku mangalande nkusiya mwana. Pano adwala mpamene akufuna kuti mwana akawalere? Tiziganiza zapatsogolo!

  12. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Makape inu, kodi why do you take God ngati chinthu choopsyezera????
    Azungu ngati sakufuna kuti munthuyu apite kwawo inu muwakakamiza bwanji???

    Fakeni! Visas are granted or denied after a well laid down vetting process. Ngati akana basi asiyeni! Tiyeni tidzidya bonya pa Flames pano!


  13. Banda says:

    You may make an appeal to the British ambassador in Lilongeecto speak to the home office,
    Surprised that you were not provided with a visitor visa for 6 months. If your mother is the only relative in the UK why would they believe you will stay.

    I would also appeal to the Malawi foreign affairs office to appeal on your behalf.

    It would an international incident if the British home office is rejecting Visa’s solely based on that you are an African national,

    Other thoughts is that in a previous visit you overstayed your visa

    Britian should welcome you as they are seeking skilled immigrants such a nurses,

    Continue to consult your MP and the Malawi foreign affairs office sometimes the louder you cry someone is bound to assist you including newspapers

    Best Wishes

  14. Kalulu says:

    Analyst is a best commenting nyasatimes reader. If Nyasatimes would bring a vote on best commenting personality I would vote for him. I like his comments, and please ensure you maintain 3 lines commenting style. Though you have not commented on this story but I was looking for what you would say.

  15. gshab says:

    a full decision letter needs to be sent to me, also what her current circumstances in malawi are as stated and proove to the entry clearance officer matter. remember it is not an issue of human right, as the patient is well looked after at the uk hospice, meaning as u might all be aware in uk , noone needs a guadian at a hospital and theyre almost a fulltime dedicated nurse per patient, therefore the patients welfare and medcare is well looked after with or without her daughter

    her daughter is here by viewed as a visitor as there is no requirement under immigration law that dying patient should have their relatives granted visa to enter uk for the purpose of visitng them

    it is easy to be granted visitors visa, only that the persons circumstance in her home country must convince the clearance office that they will return to their country, i.e they must have a job, property a marriage to return to the less strong connection they have to malawi the likely and predictable it is that they might not retunr i.e in uk medical consultants may earn up to K3 000 000 for working on a government holiday day alone, whilst in malawi they might get less than that for working the whole month

  16. claire says:

    God is watching instead of you encouraging you are insulting a cancer patient do you believe in God .some of you will have a curse upon your familes for the rest of your lives . most of our troubles are tongue troubles though shall not judge.Let God be the judge. please read the story and dont make mountains out of molehills because this world is not our own(everybody) we are all passing through it and remember one day it will be you or any of your relations in Jesus name i have prayed. for Verah and may the Angels protect her from the north,east,west and south.

    1. GRM says:

      Kodi umalalata Za godigodi Ndi Iwe eti? Anthu akutukwana kutsogoloku. They are tired with this god god talk. Pali ponse god this god that.

  17. zoona says:

    This is very simple. If she is dying then she must be repatriated to Malawi to be with her beautiful daughter. Hahaha foolish African we cant develop our countries instead rushing to Europe. Why does Malawi make it easier for te British to visit and overstay? Its because we are stupid. There are more exciting countries than UK

  18. Kamawamba says:

    The truth of the matter herein is that Chamika has picked up employment and issue of her mother is just a gate way.Malawians learn to say the truth and Mr Godfrey is happily married with his fellow white lady A Malawi too much MANKHWALA PANO ASULUKA.

  19. claire says:

    people commenting negative comments just keep quiet only God knows the truth. you have seen her video can she be lying . Oh God lets support her because one day it will be your turn. The daughter does not want to go and stay no no she has her home country. And couples marry and divorce she met Mr Godfrey when he was divorced thats why you see Mr Godfreys sister by the bed side.Africans lets love one another and these insults you are writing you will be answerable to God. in the video she says she does not want to fight anybody and you are fighting her mmmmmmm sit back and meditate

    1. Bwande says:

      Only God knows the truth in this? Are you serious? Don’t just drag God’s name in anything. Not even in this obvious issue. If she is dying and she wants to be with her daughter, then let her be repatriated and die here with her daughter. Her mum, herself, Mr Godfrey and others know the truth. The British authorities also know the truth including authorities. Am not saying God does not know though. Get me right

  20. gogo says:

    NUMBER 18 IN THIS CASE its ALIVE and not ARRIVE bwanji kodi English imeneyo ndiye ma British angapeleke visa?

  21. Natasha says:

    Some comments here are shocking..are you here to pry into their private lives because u think u know them and want to know how they got married or what..the fact of the matter is she is dying and needs her family to be with her not these stupid and senseless comments am seeing of she is paying for her does that concern u in anyway and who gives u the right to judge! If u claim u know her then basi u know her but u know nothing of what she went through.

  22. kkilembe says:

    The lady has a legitimate reason to go and be with her m other. She surely wants to stay in Malawi otherwise she could have used a “pretext” long time back. The Brits must give her the visa. Whether she stays i n the UK is another matter which can be debated when we reach the bridge.
    These are fears of the unknown. Why do the Brits think anybody who goes there is desparate to stay in that “wretched” country(Mugabe Publications.

  23. Zondiwe says:

    Let her be granted a visa to be with her dying mother.
    Other things can be looked at later.
    UK is not heaven. What is the real problem in her going to the UK?
    Should she wish to remain there, then she can follow the normal procedures that are available, but for humanity’s sake, let her go and be with her mum during this difficult time.

  24. rico rioco says:

    give her visa and go through the policy of it if she break the law of visa the remedy will follow

  25. Peter Blaine says:


  26. achinaife says:

    Osabwera kudzafera kuno bwanji? Mesa mwati mukufa?

  27. Mngoni says:

    Much as the refusal might be perceived to be cruelty but the harsh reality even if the daughter travels the mother will still die. The sick mother might just board a plane and come back home pajatu kuno ku Malawi ikalakwa mthupi timangopita kukadwalira kumudzi azigogo azikaonela pakhosi shaaa


    If all Mrs Godfrey’s claims are true and sincere, then Mayi ndi Mwana Wache wamkazi akuyenela by any means kukhalira chifupi, ana Aamuna sangamasambitse Mayi ao, she really does miss her daughter especially considering the condition she is in, after all the whole world belongs to God no matter the boundaries and all these so called control measures which are only but one sided, Alas !!! May the Lord just heal our Land !!!

  29. Aggi says:

    when i hear of how these long nosed men are stealing our visa application moneys only to refuse us….. and see how those syrian refugees are flocking to their holy lands….. I am happy when they are crying. Akutibwenzelera chipongwe.

  30. Egrina says:


    Whatever you have said is true. But Whatever has also been written here is also true. The woman was a secretary to the Headmaster for many years indeed. As a student you might not have known her or she joined years after you left. Her marriage with Mr Godfrey started several years after he left the institution. They have been together since 2003. Apart from the children you are talking about, he also has a baby boy with this woman.

  31. Bwande says:

    whether with daughter on her side or not, it doesn’t change anything. UK is not like Malawi where anyone can come and visit or stay without scrutiny. They smell a rat in this whole thing. If indeed the mother wanted her by her side, she could have done that way long time ago. 10 years is not a joke. This lady wants to go and stay in the UK on the pretext of her sick mother. Nobody knows the time of dying. Do you mean you will be granted a visa with no time limit? What if they grant you a 3 months visa and your mother is still arrive? Will you come back at the expiry of your visa? How about she has more years to live? That’s where it is not adding up. Find another reason. The British are not that stupid

  32. Tom W says:

    “UK refuses Visa to daughter of ‘dying’ Malawi mum”

    Why in the headline is the word “dying” in quotation marks? The media does this when it is not sure if its facts.

    “Mrs Godfrey … said that she would like to share some of her final moments with her only daughter, Chimika Mwamba”

    Does this lady not have her other Malawian-born children with her in the UK? Who is David Mwamba whom the internet shows as living at the same Dover address as her? It would appear that the lady has not only her husband Norman to take care of her, but also at least one other adult-child.

    The UK authorities now carefully scrutinises the backgrounds of Malawians who wish to enter the country. This is because of asylum scams by Malawians such as Angeline Mwafulirwa, Beatrice Botomani, Florence Mhango, Angella Peters/Clement Chigaru who turn up and submit fairy stories to justify that they be given leave to remain. You know, stories about female genital mutilation, bisexualism and poofery, domestic abuse, or an old man having to shag a tiny baby to be cured of his HIV. The authorities waste a lot of time in the endless appeals of these people, and that is why visas are needed now to enter the country.

    1. Dan says:

      If you don’t know the whole story then don’t comment.

  33. KA Alumni says:

    Am surprised here. I personally know Mr. Godfrey. He was my Geography teacher at Kamuzu Academy. He had a wife and some young daughters. All of them were white including the wife. It was a very happy family. He was also responsible for chapel services on sunday evenings. I left him there at KA but his marriage was intact. Now soon after change of Govt. from MCP to UDF things changed drastically at the ‘Eton of Africa’. Black Africans started taking up various careers at the institution. Now if this lady who claims to be a secretary at KA at one point is claiming to be a wife to this very obese Mr. Godfrey, then somebody has to school me on what happened to the Godfrey family after her arrival at this magnificent institution. Should we say the original Godfreys separated? Had the original wife passed on? If this lady was responsible for the termination of the Godfreys marriage then she is paying for her own sins. MPHOTO YA UCHIMO NDI IMFA and nothing else.

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      … Thanks. As you’ve gone quite a ways to inform us about part of the back story here, “KA Alumni”.
      Much appreciated; same for latter contributors who have elucidated on same story. I usually skip zotukwana (derogatory and insulting comments); but I will stay past my bedtime to read factual comments, even if they are personal and bordering on gossip.


    These people just want to make money by subjecting people to several applications which are paid for.However if you have not convinced them that you are coming back, they will still deny you.Just by saying you dont want to stay in UK is not enough could be lying.They dont base on sympathy but facts.They dont go beyond the books and checklists.I am saying this from experience

  35. Richard says:

    U K is not heaven u with big noses mpatseni mwana visa and monitor her movements

  36. Mercedes says:

    The British who like to make noise about Human Rights now just look what they are doing about Humqn Rights they must do what they preach very sad eh!

  37. Olo says:

    Kwathu kuno anthu amenewa amabwera opanda olo visa. Amangozuka basi passport m’manja kachikwama kubelekera ulendo wakumalawi wakwana. Popanda owafunsa olo kuti mukuzatani kwathu kuno. Koma ife kuti tipite kumeneko zimapepala mbwee, Ma interview nkati, Madical exams, Police report osalephera. Mpaka amafuna Akuti adziwe weight yako. Malawi Malawi why?????

  38. ellias says:

    Many nurses have done that before thats why they are strict nowadays koma amupatsa no worries. Its one of those controlling measures.

  39. bless says:

    bad slave master. heartless monster

  40. Maria Banda says:

    With this disease, please Lord Have Mercy on us.

  41. Zachitsoni kutalikisa chikondi pakati pa mwana ndi mayi, munyengo yovuta. Nsanje tizatsiya liti?

  42. Chipongwe says:

    Now all the Britons out of Malawi!!! Mwatilowa pa mchombo!!!!!

  43. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Sorry Mrs Geffrey! Your daughter will receive your body for burial.

    On the brighter side, this refusal will save her from the katapia she would have entered into to fly to England just to see you die.

    The name Chimika sounds Zimbabwean to me, didnt these people steal Malawian passports when stealing Malawian passports was a passtime for Zimbabweans.

    Koma bola akananama profession, ma nurse akapita ku England samabwerako!

  44. CAPTAIN says:

    Something doesn’t add up here. The mother has been in the UK in the past decade while the daughter was ingesting bonya as a nurse in Malawi. And now that she’s terminal, they suddenly decide they want to be together? Bullshit of the most capital nature!

  45. Mr. B says:

    that’s inhuman, in fact barbaric, how can you stop someone visit he critically ill mother just bcoz of such useless fears. How many Malawians have left Malawi to stay Malawi some even for ever without proper reasons? I warn you not too long its you, if not you, your descendants, Remember ” WOYENDA NDI LUPANGA AMAFA NDILUPANGA” watch out!

  46. Elder Sage VIII says:

    Paying for the sins of dishonest Malawi nurses. You see, many malawian nurses found their way into UK on the pretext of caring for their sick relatives or spouses. Its not that the UK Home Office is heartless as to deny a daughter to attend to a sick mother as Nyasa Times is portraying here.
    I know of several Malawians who have been granted visa to UK just this month of April 2016. Please do not inflame our passions against UK. We have so many of our brothers and sisters out there, to the extent that they have formed clubs/societies in each and major UK City. Some are getting rare specialist training there.

    Sober up, please!

  47. Nambazo says:

    My prayers are with you Chimika. Azungu think that we all want to stay in their country. They forget that even them are taking our space here.

  48. Greencardless Malawian says:


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