Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu, her two brothers and her mother have won their fight to remain in the UK. The 19-year-old and her family, originally from Zimbabwe, had been refused leave to remain in the UK in February by the Home Office.
Gamu and her family successfully appealed the refusal decision made by the UK Government agency, but the Home Office then tried to overturn the decision and have the family deported.
But yesterday (November 29) a judge at the Immigration Court in Glasgow refused the Home Office appeal on a point of law – meaning that the young singer and her family have been granted leave to remain in the country.
The Home Office had accused Gamu’s mother, Nokuthula Ngazana – who worked as a nurse during the six years the family have spent in the UK – of wrongly claiming working tax credits. The family have repeatedly contested this.
Lawyer Frances Farrell said: “My clients are delighted, this has come after such a long ordeal.
“The Home Office has a last resort appeal right to the Court of Session, but I hope they respect the judgment made today.
“My client has been granted leave to remain in the UK so now she and her family are able to get on with their lives and put this behind them.”
Gamu shot to fame after appearing on the 2010 series of The X Factor, stunning the judges and the audience with her powerful vocals during her audition performance of the Katrina & The Waves hit Walking on Sunshine.
The teen made it all the way to the Judges’ Houses round, where judge Cheryl Cole delivered the heartbreaking news that she had decided not to take Gamu any further in the competition.
Angry fans, who felt Gamu was more deserving of a place in Cheryl’s Girls category than some of the other contestants, set up a Facebook page demanding she be allowed to return to the show – but she never did.
Gamu has since gone on to carve out a career in the showbiz and music industry, and is expected to release her debut album Melody is King early next year.