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Gamu faces deportation after review

Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu faces being deported to Zimbabwe following a Home Office ruling.

The 19-year-old singer, who was eliminated from the ITV show during last year's series, was ordered to leave the UK after her mother Nokuthula Ngazana's visa application was turned down.

Gamu and her family, who live in Clackmannanshire in Scotland, were hopeful they would be allowed to remain in their adopted country after the Home Office decided to reconsider her case in November.

The family's lawyer Frances Farrell said the family were "disappointed" by the latest ruling, and an appeal would be lodged.

A statement said: "The decision will be vociferously challenged before an independent tribunal.

"No steps can be taken to remove our clients during the appeals process."

Gamu and her family are said to have arrived in Scotland from Zimbabwe around six years ago.

The talented teenager became a household name when X Factor judge Cheryl Cole failed to put her through to the live shows, despite her being a huge hit with fans.

A UK Border Agency spokeswoman said: "The applications made by Ms Ngazana and her family have been reconsidered in line with our immigration rules.

"Ms Ngazana's application was refused as it did not meet the conditions for approval. Her family, who had applied as her dependants, were therefore also refused. We will be investigating how this decision became public before Ms Ngazana was informed."

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