X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu has admitted that she is terrified of returning to her native Zimbabwe.
The 18 year old singer has lived in Scotland for the last five years. However, earlier this week immigration officials refused to approve her family’s latest visa application, because her mum Nokutula claimed state benefits which she was technically not entitled to.
Gamu, who was at the centre of a huge furore when Cheryl Cole failed to choose her for the X Factor final 12, told The News Of The World that now she and her family are now so recognisable, they will be punished if they are deported to Zimbabwe. She said:
“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.”
Gamu added: “There’s a firing squad waiting for us there and they’re putting me in front of it.”
The ambitious teenager wants to go to university and enter gainful employment in the UK, but says her life will be finished if she is forced to return home.
“I feel I should be able to stay. But from the minute I started the whole thing it seems like there were people out there who just didn’t want me to make it. I want to be someone and do something. I wanted to go to university. I wanted to study philosophy. I wanted to be a writer or musician.
“I’m not going to mince my words, all those hopes are going to die. I’m going to have to start from scratch. If they send me back I’m never going to get that opportunity.
“I feel like my life would have ended.”