Gamu and family granted right to appeal deportation

FORMER X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu and her family have been granted the right to appeal against a decision to deport them from the UK.

The 18-year-old singer’s mother Nokuthula Ngazana had an application to extend her working visa rejected last month by the Home Office, after she allegedly received £16,000 in tax credits she was not entitled to.

But the family – who have been living in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, for eight years – have been given the right to contest the claims during a hearing at the Immigration Court in Glasgow on 26 November.

Ms Ngazana, 42, the widow of a lawyer in Zimbabwe, came to Scotland to study nursing eight years ago but her visa expired and has not been extended.

Gamu and her two younger brothers Milton, 12, and Marty, five, have been waiting patiently with their mother to find out their fate. Continue reading

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Gamu given good odds for Christmas number one

By Christine Lavelle

X FACTOR star Gamu Nhengu has been tipped to take this year’s Christmas number one slot.

Bookies have been forced dropped the 18-year-old’s odds from 50-1 to 15-1 as scores of people have been placing bets on her to land the festive chart-topper.

Alex Donohue, from Ladbroke’s betting shop, said: “Gamu’s popularity was evident when she was eliminated from X Factor.

“With some key public appearances in the run-up to the festive period, our punters have latched on to the fact that she may well be aiming for the coveted Christmas number one.

“We have seen a lot of money for her, so have been forced to slash the odds.” Continue reading

Gamu finally gets her moment in the spotlight

By Christine Lavelle

FORMER X Factor hopeful Gamu Nhengu took her mind off her family’s deportation plight as she enjoyed a night out at the MOBO awards in Liverpool.

The 18-year-old made her first public appearance since being booted off the show by Cheryl Cole during the Judge’s Houses round, which she admitted was “gutting”.

As she posed on the red carpet in a little black dress and leopard print heels, Gamu said: “Have I got over the pain? I guess so.

“It was gutting but the love I’ve got from people has definitely helped to heal the wound. Continue reading

X Factor Gamu deportation decision to come at end of week

By Christine Lavelle

X Factor star Gamu Nhengu and her family are still in an agonising wait to find out whether or not they will be allowed to stay in Scotland.

It was thought the 18-year-old’s family, who live in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, would find out today (Mon) about their fate, but it has been revealed they may now have to wait until the end of the week.

They have been faced with the possibility that they may be deported to their native Zimbabwe since it came to light that her mother’s visa had expired and would not be extended.

Last week they lodged an appeal to an immigration court in a bid to overturn the Home Office ruling. Continue reading

Gamu and family to hear Yes or No fate from judge

By Christine Lavelle

THE fate of X Factor sensation Gamu Nhengu will be revealed tomorrow (Mon) as her family finds out whether or not they get to stay in Scotland.

The 18-year-old’s family, who live in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, have been faced with the possibility that they may be deported to their native Zimbabwe since it came to light that her mother’s visa had expired and would not be extended.

Last week they lodged an appeal to an immigration court in a bid to overturn the Home Office ruling.

Solicitor Frances Farrell, who is representing the singer’s mother Nokuthula Ngazana, said: “Basically, what we are waiting for now is for a judge to say yes or no. Continue reading

Locals in Tillicoultry all turn out for Gamu

By Amanda MacMillan

GAMU fever swept her adopted hometown of Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire on Wednesday as around 100 fans gathered outside her flat in a defiant show of support for the X Factor sensation.

Toddlers, schoolkids and silver haired grannies flocked armed with hand painted posters calling for her to be allowed to stay in the competition – and the UK.

Gamu faces being deported after allegations her mum Nokuthula Ngazana claimed benefits which she shouldn’t have.

Under the terms of a visa allowing the family to live in Britain the UK Border Agency are now said to moving to send them back to poverty in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Gamu still praying for an X-Factor miracle as Pastor steps in

By Amanda MacMillan

X FACTOR star Gamu Nhengu and her family have turned to God as the battle to keep her dream alive goes on.

18-year-old Gamu is being counselled by her local Pastor as the frenzy of her being booted off the show and out of the UK reaches its peak ahead of tomorrow’s (sat) finals.

Pastor John Locke from Hillfoots Evangelical Church in Tillicoultry told how he has been helping the deeply religious family cope with the pressure of the last few days as they pray for a miracle that will help keep them in the country.

He said: “I have had an intimate discussion with the family. Continue reading