Fight goes on for relatives funeral visas


The Gadas continue to fight to fly their relatives over for their five-year-old’s funeral, after the Home Office turned down visas again.

Last Wednesday, MP Stephen Lloyd took the case to the Prime Minister, after visas were refused for tragic Andrea Gada’s grandparents and aunt.

The family were told they could not fly over from Zimbabwe to attend Andrea’s funeral, over fears they could abscond.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would look into the case, but the visas were refused again.

Andrea’s father Wellington said he will write a letter to David Cameron and deliver it by hand in a last ditch attempt to secure visas for the funeral, which had to be postponed on January 9.

And the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner, has pledged his support for the family.

Bishop Martin said, “This cannot be right. It offends at the most elementary level of human compassion.

“The grounds for refusal seem to be unclear; the moral case for granting a visa would be evident to any person who had ever experienced family grief.

“The Gadas are not rich or influential people: I do not hesitate to support Stephen Lloyd in calling for a visa to be given as a matter of moral decency and human compassion.

“The Gada family are Christians, following the teaching of the 7th Day Adventist Church, which is widespread in many parts of Africa.

“The desire of grandparents and Andrea’s aunt to be present stems from their convictions and hope that God will receive Andrea and call her to life in heaven. What are the grounds for refusal of this consolation in grief?

Andrea’s father Wellington said these relatives have an important part to play in the funeral.

He said the family would be willing to pay to have the relatives electronically tagged, or escorted by police, as long as they could be there for the funeral.

“They are saying the reason for travelling is not genuine,” he said. “What is not genuine about my daughter being accidently killed?”

Stephen Lloyd said, “What the Home Office os really saying is the grandparents and aunt of little Andrea cannot be trusted with a temporary travel visa to attend her funeral in Eastbourne, and return to Zimbabwe afterwards, because they are ‘too poor’.

“That view is simply wrong on every level, so I am asking Mr Cameron once again: Please do the right thing for Andrea and her family. Let them come!”

The Home Office has not clarified whether the latest decision can be appealed.