Hilary Benn, International Development Secretary in the British Government was reported on the BBC today as saying that, "We would never send anyone back if we thought their lives were in danger." At the same time, however, home office ministers have insisted that it is safe to deport failed asylum seekers back to Zimbabwe. "Since returns were resumed to Zimbabwe last November, we have received no substantiated reports of abuse of any person returned to the country," said immigration minister Tony McNulty.
Meanwhile the travel advisory website of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office includes the following:
You should also be aware that an open hand is the political symbol of the main opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, and a friendly wave may therefore be misinterpreted as a provocative gesture. The carrying of the main independent newspapers (the Financial Gazette, the Independent and the Standard) and books by banned authors can provoke a hostile reaction from ZANU (PF) supporters.
In the event of increased political tension, visitors and British nationals resident in Zimbabwe should keep a low profile, exercise caution, stay away from areas where demonstrations may be held, and avoid unnecessary travel in all urban areas. If a demonstration or disturbance is taking place, you should leave the area as quickly as possible. You should not stay to watch or attempt to photograph it, even from a distance, or use a mobile phone.
When I was studying Introduction to Fibbing, we were taught that if you have an accomplice, you should make sure that you get your story straight. Nul points to the Home Office.