Gamu Nhengu’s “X Factor” dream has reached yet another abrupt ending this morning as her family were refused the right to stay in the UK.
After a wave of support for the rejected singer, Gamu Nhengu’s family must return to Zimbabwe within days after their application to remain in the UK was denied. While sifting through the application, UK Border Agency officials found that Nhengu’s mother, Nokutula Ngazana had claimed £16,000 in benefits which she was not eligible to claim.
A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency said, “The applications made by Ms Ngazana and her family were considered in line with the published immigration rules. Her family, who had applied as her dependants, were therefore also refused. Where people are found to have no right to remain in the UK we expect them to leave voluntarily.”
This is sad news for fans of Gamu Nhengu. It puts an end to the hopes that she will return to the “X Factor” and means that the hundreds of thousands of supporters who have campaigned against Cheryl Cole’s decision will be disappointed. If Nhengu and her family don’t leave the UK voluntarily, they will face deportation.
Gamu, who has stayed out of the spotlight since she was axed from the “X Factor” on Sunday night, made a brief statement last night, saying, “I am overwhelmed by the support. I am doing just fine. Thank you so much for all the support. The whole experience has been amazing.”
Whether this is the last time we ever hear about Gamu Nhengu remains to be seen, but for now, the “X Factor” hopeful’s dreams of stardom have come to an end.