Gamu – now the emotional blackmail starts

Any hope that the immigration case of Nokuthula Ngazana – mother of X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu – would remain a simple visa issue has evaporated with a News of the World article where Gamu pleads:

A firing squad’s waiting for us.

Gamu, photographed in a series of tearful poses, goes on to say that:

“I’ve been in the public eye now and people there know I’ve fled Mugabe’s regime. They will punish us if we go back. They’re going to know where we are.

“We’re going to be very unsafe. People have already been approaching our family members.

“We think they could be working for Mugabe. And we know how brutal he can be. I would be in danger, it’s blatantly obvious. My family would be in danger.”

Those with a careful eye will have already noted in the media the story of how Gamu and her siblings ended up in the UK. There was never any suggestion that Gamu was brought to the UK to flee Mugabe’s regime. The mother went to Scotland on a visa in search of a former lover, took a job as a nurse and undertook a degree, calling for the children to join her. She didn’t come to the UK seeking asylum and when her visa expired she merely asked for leave to remain. Again, there was no application for asylum or indication of any threat to the family. As such the family has no right to remain in the UK.

Today, threatened with repatriation because the request for leave to remain was turned down, Gamu makes her heart-wrenching appeal to be allowed to stay employing the emotive comments noted above. It is emotional blackmail and it is deeply cynical.

No doubt the lawyers acting for the family and the myriad of immigrant support groups who try to circumvent our immigration rules have had a hand in crafting this new approach. But that is the way the game is played now. If ‘Reason A’ fails, change your story and present ‘Reason B’. If that fails, some kindly campaigner will help you generate ‘Reason C’ and assist you in keeping up the pressure until the authorities finally cave in for a quiet life and add to our growing immigrant population.

What is the point of issuing visas to people like Nokuthula Ngazana when they abuse their temporary right to stay and engineer a permanent relocation?

This is not personal, it is just an frustrated call to stop the system being so obviously abused in this way. Cases like these happen every day and this has only been thrust into the public eye because Gamu was a popular contestant in a TV singing show. It would be wrong for the authorities to cave in to such a cynical and manipulative campaign to make an exception and set aside the rules.

6 Responses to “Gamu – now the emotional blackmail starts”


  1. 1 Rereke Whakaaro 10/10/2010 at 4:01 am

    Am I right in thinking that, should the authorities give in to this, it will set a legal precedent for future television contestants?

    Does just appearing on television endow the right to remain in the UK?

    As a foreign national, it would be interesting to know.

  2. 2 Sue 10/10/2010 at 6:22 am

    This has really peeved me. Not only has Cowell lent his lawyers to represent this girl and her mum but I’ve heard she’s also back on the show.

    Absolutely pathetic. Pity the proles don’t make such a fuss when something really important is about to affect them. We need to ban this inane stupid TV programmes. They’re cheap rubbish.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 10/10/2010 at 10:27 am

    I couldn’t say. But it won’t do you any harm to assemble a street dance ensemble and enter Britain’s Got Talent…

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 10/10/2010 at 10:29 am

    The irony of Cowell lending his lawyers to Gamu was not lost on me. Man who made millions and now lives in America fights for Zimbabwean national to be allowed to live in Britain regardless of the rules. I wonder if he will do the same on the American version of the show and how that will go down with his ‘fans’?

  5. 5 Jim The Crim 10/07/2011 at 8:21 pm

    And you people know they would be safe if sent back.


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