Mavis Masarirambi had agreed to be repatriated after her asylum bid was rejected, and had been staying at a property in Cobridge provided by a Government contractor.
But last Thursday she was told she would have to leave the house – despite the fact that arrangements were being made for her to fly back home within days.
Well, yes. There’s probably a Department of Removals and a Department of Rentals and never, ever shall they communicate with each other. This is not unknown amongst public services, is it?
But when a charity smells a publicity opportunity, stand well back!
Embrace chairman Julia Roberts believes it would have been better for both Mavis and the Home Office to allow her to stay where she was until she was able to leave the country.
She said: “We knew where Mavis was, but as far as the Government was concerned, she disappeared. She could have been anywhere.
“The Border Agency is being broken up, and it’s precisely because of situations like this. There have been more than 300,000 cases of them losing track of people. “
I think the huge number of missing false asylum seekers and visa overstayers is a bit more of a reason, actually!
A spokesman for the Home Office claimed the accommodation had been withdrawn after Mavis had flouted requests to leave the country.
He said: “The Home Office provides support, in the form of temporary accommodation, to people in the asylum system under certain circumstances – for example while their applications are being considered or while they are arranging to leave the UK.
“Ms Masarirambi’s case was concluded last year, she was in the UK illegally and, until very recently, had shown no intention of leaving the UK so her accommodation was withdrawn.”
“Embrace doesn’t take a political position on issues of asylum, but we will always try to help those who need help. Mavis was very upset at being kicked out of her house.”
No, you’re not political, are you? A hint for you, love. It’s not her house…