Botswana Court Denies Zimbabweans Chance to Argue their Case

A top Botswana court has denied five Zimbabweans a chance to argue their case.


The five Zimbabweans who didn’t want to be returned to their country are led by Terrence Charuma.



Few months ago the Zimbabweans took the Botswana government to court after Minister of Defence, Justice and Security declared on January 2020 that they were no longer recognized as political refugees and therefore cancelled their status.


They had sought leave bringing a review application out of time against the government’s decision to cancel their status.



When denying them the chance, Justice Michael Leburu of the Gaborone High Court said the refugees waited for two months even after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) process was completed before approaching court.