Home Office to appeal Gamu’s right to stay in UK

A decision to let former X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu and her family remain in the UK is to be challenged by the Home Office.

Last week, it was revealed Gamu and her family had won their appeal against deportation, as an immigration court ruled that an order for them to be returned to their Zimbabwean homeland should be overturned.

But the 19-year-old, her mother Nokuthula Ngazana and two brothers have been dealt a fresh blow as the Home Office confirmed it would appeal against the court’s decision.

The teenager, who lives in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, shot to fame on last year’s X Factor when she was controversially booted off the show during the judges’ houses round.

Gamu was dropped by judge Cheryl Cole, who took Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and competition winner Rebecca Ferguson through to the live finals.

The singer’s mother had her visa renewal turned down in August 2010, sparking a long battle against deportation to Zimbabwe.

The family’s lawyer, Frances Farrell, announced last week that the Immigration Court in Glasgow had ruled that the family had won the right to stay in the country – granted in accordance with their right to a private and family life as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights – giving the Home Office five working days to appeal against the decision.

A Home Office spokeswoman said on Thursday: “We can confirm that we are appealing the decision.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage of the proceedings.

“The UK Border Agency considers every case carefully and where we do not believe someone has the right to stay in the country, and does not require our protection, we expect them to return home.”

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