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The Right of Anton Kainga to Remain in the UK

Volume 578: debated on Monday 31 March 2014

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that Anton Kainga, a tennis coach in Nottingham and an internationally qualified tennis professional from Malawi, who has exceptional talent and love for the sport of tennis, is unfairly being removed from the UK; further that the Petitioners believe that some members of the tennis club will suffer and will not be able to pursue their chosen career of becoming professional tennis players as a result of this decision; further that the Petitioners believe that during the 11 years he has lived in Great Britain Anton Kainga has inspired children and adults to love and play tennis; further that the Petitioners believe that Anton Kainga has inspired children, with one member of the tennis club being home-schooled so that he can commit to the game and play the qualification round of $10,000 tournaments and Anton Kainga needs to be at this child’s side for him to reach his full potential; further that the Petitioners believe that Anton Kainga is a mentor, best friend, second dad and invaluable coach to this child who understands not only this child’s tennis but his medical condition and further that the Petitioners believe that only Anton Kainga can guide this child towards his dream of a career as a professional tennis player.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Home Office to reconsider their decision to deport Anton Kainga and grant him the right to remain in the UK.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented on 4 March 2014; Official Report, Vol. 576, c. 9P.]


Observations from the Secretary of State for the Home Department:

Mr. Kainga voluntarily departed the UK on 6 March 2014. He did this whilst detained as an immigration offender, pending his enforced removal.

All and any outstanding representations made by Mr. Kainga and his legal representatives were responded to and substantively concluded prior to his departure. These included the matter of Mr. Kainga’s tennis tutorage, which was raised by a Member of the House and responded to by the Immigration and Security Minister on 6 March 2014.

The Government recognised that although Mr. Kainga had made a contribution with his tennis coaching, he had also exhausted all appeal rights within the United Kingdom and had no lawful basis to remain in the UK under the Immigration Rules, or on a discretionary basis outside of those rules.

The Government decided that his removal was appropriate, legitimate and conducive to the public good for the purposes of effective immigration control, and they maintain that decision.