Home Office apologise for ‘internal miscommunication’ surrounding visa application for British soldier’s Kenyan daughter

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

Officials from the UK Home Office have apologised to a Scots soldier after mistakenly claiming to have been in touch with him about a visa application for his daughter.

Black Watch Lance corporal Denis Omondi, is stationed at Fort George near Ardersier, and wants to bring his 14-year-old daughter, Ann, to live with him and his wife in Scotland.

However, the Home Office have refused to issue a UK visa for the child, who is currently at boarding school in Kenya.

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

Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, previously said his department had been in touch with Denis but this was untrue, with the error being blamed on an “internal miscommunication”.

A spokesman said: “A statement issued on February 21 which said that the Home Office was in contact with Mr Omondi about his immigration case was incorrect.

“We have contacted both Mr Omondi and his MP Drew Hendry today to apologise for the distress caused by this error. Mr Omondi’s case remains under review.”

Last week, Mr Hendry claimed the Home Office had lost their own paperwork about Denis and Ann’s case, but this has been refuted by the government department.

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