A 16-year-old boy is battling to stop the deportation of his Nigerian father who is languishing in jail awaiting deportation. Although the boy is the substantive applicant in the matter, he sued the principal director of immigration and Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo through his father, Mr Bright Jerry Efe. Notwithstanding his application to regularise his stay, Mr Efe has since been arrested, convicted and sentenced to immediate deportation.He is at Harare Remand Prison pending deportation. As the natural guardian of the boy, Mr Efe is empowered at law to bring such an application in his name. In the court application filed in the High Court recently, Mr Efe is seeking an order declaring that Bright Jerry Efe (Junior) being a Zimbabwean citizen is entitled to have his father Bright Jerry Efe, reside with him in Zimbabwe.
In his affidavit, Mr Efe argued the boy’s mother, who is now late, was Zimbabwean. He claimed that the civil union between him and the boy’s mother entitled him to remain in Zimbabwe pursuant to the country’s immigration law.