Home Secretary to look into why teenage daughter of Kenyan born British Army soldier was denied visa

Denis Omondi's daughter Ann
Denis Omondi's daughter Ann. Photo: Denis Omondi

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Home Secretary Sajid Javid will look into the reasons why the 14-year-old daughter of a British Army soldier has been denied a UK visa which would allow her to leave Kenya to live with her father.

Lance corporal (L/Cpl) Denis Omondi, who is stationed at Fort George, near Ardersier and wants to bring his daughter Ann to Scotland had his case raised by SNP MP Drew Hendry during Prime Minister’s Questions at Westminster on Wednesday.

Originally from Kenya, L/Cpl Omondi is a British citizen who has done tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Cyprus during his eight years with the Black Watch.

After he was made aware that Ann was his child in 2012, he has visited her in Kenya every year and she also attended her father’s wedding to his wife Shelagh in the East African country.

Denis Omondi with his wife Shelagh on their wedding day
Denis Omondi with his wife Shelagh on their wedding day. Photo: Omondi Family

Despite this, Mr Hendry explained that “she is being denied a visa because the Home Office claims he hasn’t spent enough time with her.” He added that the soldier, who is not in a relationship with his daughter’s mother, had uncontested custody of Ann.

L/Cpl Omondi applied for an entry clearance application for a child in early November last year but it was rejected by the Home Office in the same month.

He has appealed the decision and he and his wife, who is recovering from breast cancer and unable to work, now face the prospect of having to reapply and pay additional legal fees.

Mrs May also took the opportunity to thank Mr Omondi for his commitment to the British Army.

The day before, the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (AAPPG) met to discuss the difficulty African citizens have obtaining visas for entry into the UK with contributions from a number of politicians and organisations with links to Kenya.

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