Kenyan born British soldier’s daughter to be granted visa after Home Office u-turn

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

A Kenyan born British soldier will be reunited with his daughter after the UK Home Office ruled her application now met immigration rules.

Fort George-based lance corporal Denis Omondi and his wife Shelagh have been fighting to bring 14-year-old Ann, who is currently at boarding school in Kenya, to live with them in Scotland.

He only learned he had a daughter seven years ago and has sole custody, provides for her and returns to Kenya at every opportunity to be with her.

However, his attempts to secure her a UK visa were repeatedly rejected, but following pressure from Denis’ local MP Drew Hendry who raised the matter at Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament, a review of the case has determined she will now be allowed entry into the country.

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

Mr Hendry said he was “absolutely delighted” for the family and thanked everyone who had supported them, including the thousands of people who signed the petition calling on the Home Secretary to “right this wrong”.

“I know the outpouring of support and friendship meant the world to them all,” he added.

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