I Will Testify To Save Mum From Deportation To Zimbabwe: X Factor,s Gamu Nhenga

The 18-year-old singer will take the witness stand later this month to plead with a judge not to send her family back to Zimbabwe.
Gamu, whose plight has gathered worldwide support, told pals: “We are delighted that we have the chance now to appeal against being deported. It’s a relief to get to this stage but we still have a long way to go.
“I can’t talk about anything that might affect our case. We just have to wait to see what the court decides but I will do everything I can to persuade them to let me and my family stay.”
Gamu -who shares a flat in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, with her 38-year-old mother Nokuthula Ngazana and brothers Milton, 12, and Marty 10  was stunned after being dropped by X Factor judge Cheryl Cole ahead of the live shows.
Within days, the family received the bombshell that the Home Office had ordered them back to Zimbabwe because a visa application to extend their stay in Britain had been submitted too late.Officials ruled that Gamu’s mother had claimed child tax credit payments worth £16,000 while they were not entitled to. But the Sunday Mail can reveal that Gamu’s legal team will argue that her mother stuck to Inland Revenue rules by only claiming child tax credit after staying in Britain for five years.
She was also complied with benefits rules by being sponsored with a student grant to study at Stirling University before starting a nursing career.Lawyers for the family who have won the right to have their appeal heard at an immigration court in Glasgow later this month will argue that Ngazana followed advice from an accountant in good faith.We can reveal that both Gamu and her mother are expected to give evidence and can be cross-examined by Home Office lawyers.Glasgow-based solicitor Peter Farrell said: “We will submit witness statements from the family and will then lead evidence from them.” He confirmed that Gamu and her family could learn immediately if they have won their fight to stay.
He added: “The judge may give his judgment there and then.”If the appeal has succeeded then that’s basically the end of the matter for the family and they can remain.”The Home Office could appeal but they would have to submit fresh legal arguments about why they believe the court ruling to be wrong.”If the judge rules that the appeal has failed, then we have the opportunity to appeal to a higher tribunal and the process continues.”Gamu, whose audition left judge Louis Walsh in tears, was an early favourite to win the hit ITV show. But her controversial axing sparked fury among viewers and hundreds of thousands of fans signed up to a Facebook campaign calling for her to be reinstated.Cheryl left Gamu in tears after axing her in favour of 17-year-old rapper Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel, 24.They both fluffed their lines in auditions.Gamu, who claims she would face a firing squad if sent back to Zimbabwe, is tipped as a front-runner to rival the X Factor winner in the race to a Christmas No1 single.
-Steve Smith, Sunday Mail