Send the murderer home

A former Zimbabwean secret police hitman is here claiming refugee status and wanting to avoid deportation after illegally entering the country on a false South African passport.

The usual pearl clutching luvvies are supporting him including Deborah Manning, Kate Shuttleworth and other fairfax journalists including Sunday Star-Times Editor Jonathan Milne.

A former Zimbabwe secret police officer who murdered for President Robert Mugabe’s regime has entered New Zealand on a fake passport and is trying to set up a life here.

William Nduku, his tribal name, arrived in New Zealand in 2015. Living in limbo, he was refused asylum or the right to work and study and has been forced to survive on handouts from friends and the expat community and could face death if deported back to Zimbabwe.

On arrival to New Zealand, the 31-year-old said he immediately informed Immigration New Zealand that he’d entered the country under an assumed identity and was seeking asylum.  

He said at 19, he was forced to serve in Mugabe’s secret police and participated in up to 20 murders, several rapes and multiple tortures.

He escaped Zimbabwe in 2007 saying his life was as risk, now he wants to start life anew in New Zealand.

Nduku spent several months in Mt Eden prison. While in prison he alleged members of the Mongrel Mob assaulted him on a regular basis.

“It was awful. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anybody.”

And what about the 20 or so people he admits to killing? I bet they would have swapped places in a heart beat for a few hidings from the Mongrel Mob compared to what William Nduku meted out.

We don’t need him here, we don’t want him here, he doesn’t deserve to be here. Send him home.

Sunday Star-Times Editor Jonathan Milne reckons it would be criminal to send him home.

Spare a thought for Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, because those decisions simply don’t come any tougher than this one.

Many, many New Zealanders – perhaps most – will very understandably say our nation should not be accepting a person who has been party to the some of the most reprehensible crimes of the corrupt Mugabe regime. That William Nduku should rot in a prison cell for the rest of his life, not be allowed to make a new start in compassionate New Zealand.

Would we be so forgiving to someone who confessed to involvement in 20 ​murders in New Zealand? Of course not.

Is there a realistic chance of him rehabilitating and integrating into New Zealand society? Unlikely. He has seen too much. The images he must see when he shuts his eyes and tries to sleep are unimaginable.

But there’s the rub: if we send him back to Zimbabwe, it will be to his death. There is no way Mugabe will tolerate someone who has fled his secret police and blown the whistle on its abuses. Nduku knows where the skeletons are buried.

Our government can’t comment on individual applications for protected person or refugee status. But it seems certain that Woodhouse will be looking for a middle-ground; another nation that is willing to accept Nduku as a refugee. It is unlikely he will find one.

To allow him to stay would be foolish. To send him back to Zimbabwe would be criminal.

I won’t often say this, but if you’re someone who believes in a God, pray for Michael Woodhouse. None of us would want this decision on our conscience.​

I’d make the decision, it would take me about 3 seconds and it would be to deport him back whence he came. He’s a murdering psychopath who worked for an equally murderous regime.

If we look at UN condemnations then surely Zimbabwe is a model democracy with only two resolutions against Zimbabwe. If we compare that to Israel with literally hundreds of resolutions then you’d have to say Zimbabwe is the perfect place for this fellow. One of those two countries is a democracy and the other is a dictatorship run by a despotic killer. Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Send him home, we don’t want killers living here, we have more than enough of our own.


– Fairfax

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.