It had been obvious for at least two years, that the Country Information Report of October 2014 no longer reflected the up-to-date political situation for the purposes of considering asylum claims from Zimbabweans. My blog post, Zimbabwean Asylum Claimants And The New Political Movement: Are The Home Office & Tribunal “Getting it?” of 24 August 2016, summarized the position in its opening paragraph as follows:
“There clearly is a new protest political movement emerging in Zimbabwe being propelled substantially by social media. Where this continues in the long term ( if not suppressed ), and where claimants associated with such movements seek protection in the UK, then current rigid UK asylum country guidance caselaw, CM (EM country guidance; disclosure) Zimbabwe CG  UKUT 59 (IAC), becomes increasingly redundant……………. Clearly, the guidance in CM is largely inapplicable and unsuited to claimants associated with the new movement(s) seeking protection in the UK……The Home Office and the Tribunal need to appreciate that it is now no longer simply just about being a member of the MDC and having a political profile associated with said party, nor just about war veterans and militia bashing the opposition. Some new country guidance caselaw may be in order in an appropriate case if the current Zimbabwean regime remains in power and if the current movement continues”.