X Factor contestant and her family ordered to leave the country
8th October 2010: X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu, 18, from Zimbabwe, has been ordered to leave the country. The Home Office has confirmed that Gamu’s family had been sent an official letter telling them to leave Britain.
Since Gamu’s mother Ms. Nokutula Ngazana was denied permission to remain in the UK, Gamu and her two brothers who arrived in the UK on their mother’s visa, will also be forced to leave the country.
The Guardian quoted a UK Border Agency spokesman to have said: "The applications made by Ngazana and her family were considered in line with the published immigration rules.
"Ngazana’s application was refused as it did not meet all of the conditions for approval. Her family, who had applied as her dependants, were therefore also refused. Where people are found to have no right to remain in the UK, we expect them to leave voluntarily."
“We are mindful of the fact that the UK Border Agency has a duty to enforce the country’s laws. We however call upon the Immigration Minister Damian Green to exercise leniency and discretion in handling this matter. Here is an obviously talented young girl who has a chance to do something extra-ordinary with her life and who could provide a very positive role model to her country women and men,” said Ms. Barbara Nyagomo, Vice Chairperson ZAPU Europe.
Ms. Nyagomo observed that “We, like everyone are saddened by the hurdles this young talented Zimbabwean lady has had to face. We, like everybody else were following her successes with pride as she continued to do Zimbabwe proud.”
Apart from sympathising with Gamu and her family, Ms. Nyagomo said ZAPU Europe will offer them the support they can during this very challenging time.
Mr. Lee Jasper, Equalities and community activist who opened a Facebook page protesting against Gamu’s removal (Gamu Nhengu Anti Deportation Campaign), is appealing to all members of the public to call Immigration Minister Green to request him to allow Gamu to stay in the UK. Mr. Jasper says that the minister can be reached on 020 7219 3911 or 01233 820454.
“This young woman is precisely the kind of positive young woman we need in the UK. Join the campaign to force the Immigration Minister to back down and let her stay,” Mr. Jasper says.
Mr. Jasper has also initiated an online petition against Gamu’s removal. To sign the “Gamu Nhengu should be allowed to stay in the UK” petition, please log on to: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/gamunhengu/
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a