Farai Chigogora deported to Zimbabwe
Community in Hamilton and Toronto had rallied behind Chigogora in week before deportation
Hamilton’s Farai Chigogora has been deported to Zimbabwe after losing a last minute bid to stay in Canada.
Chigogora, 21, was deported in connection with a 2012 home invasion in Cayuga, Ont., for which he eventually plead guilty to theft under $5,000 and served 15 months in jail.
Community groups in both Hamilton and Toronto had rallied behind Chigogora in the lead-up to his deportation, saying he had become a valuable member of the community. Some argued deporting Chigogora after he'd already served jail time amounted to double punishment.
Canada only resumed deporting people to Zimbabwe in December of 2014, after more than a decade-long moratorium due to unrest in the African country.
Chigogora had lived in Canada since he was 14.
In a video appeal posted to YouTube before his departure, Chigogora said: "there's nothing for me in Zimbabwe."
Chigogora's supporters said he left Canada on a plane Tuesday evening.
To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.
By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.
Become a CBC Account Holder
Join the conversation Create account
Already have an account?