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Soldier wins fight to bring daughter to Scotland

PICTURED: Denis Omondi's daughter Ann (Photo credit: Denis Omondi)

A FORT George soldier has won his fight to bring his teenage daughter to the UK to live with him and his family in Scotland.

L/Cpl Denis Omondi, found out he had 14-year-old daughter Ann seven years ago and has has uncontested custody of her. He applied for an entry clearance application for her in November, but it was rejected by the Home Office.

After speaking with local MP Drew Henry, the issue was raised with the Prime Minister and the home secretary and L/Cpl Omondi has been told her application now meets the rules.

Mr Hendry said he was “delighted” that the Home Office decided to approve Ann’s visa application.

Speaking to The Press and Journal, Mr Henry said: “I am absolutely delighted for Denis, Shelagh and Anne. The past months have been incredibly difficult for them and, at least now they can look forward to the future and finally be together as a family.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported them and 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.”

“This is the right result but it has been a hard slog with the Home Office. I hope lessons can be learned from this case to avoid putting others through the same difficulties.”

L/Cpl Omondi, who is not in a relationship with Ann's mother, is a British citizen who is originally from Kenya and has carried out tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Cyprus.

He has visited Ann in Kenya every year since 2012, when he first became aware that she was his child.

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