Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Gamu 'hopeful' she can stay in UK

Gamu Nhengu hopes she'll be able to stay in the UK

X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu and her family are "hopeful" they would be allowed to remain in the UK after the Home Office decided to reconsider her case.

The 18-year-old singer, who was eliminated from the ITV talent show at the judges' houses stage, was told she must return to her native Zimbabwe after her mother Nokuthula Ngazana's visa application was turned down.

An appeal against that decision was due to be heard at an Immigration Tribunal in Glasgow on Friday.

However, at the start of the hearing, a Home Office representative said the case would be reconsidered and a "fresh decision will be made in due course".

Speaking after the hearing, the family's lawyer, Frances Farrell, told reporters: "The family are pleased that the Home Office have withdrawn their decisions and decided to reconsider my clients' cases.

"The family are hopeful that they will now be granted leave to remain in the UK. They want to thank everyone for all the wonderful support they have had."

The solicitor said she hoped a fresh decision would be made within weeks, rather than months.

Gamu and her family arrived in Scotland from Zimbabwe five years ago.

The talented teenager became a household name when X Factor judge Cheryl Cole failed to put her through to the live shows.

A huge hit with fans, Gamu's controversial axing from the show caused a storm among viewers, with hundreds of thousands of people signing up to a page on social networking website Facebook demanding her reinstatement.

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