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Andrea Gada funeral visa refused for second time

Andrea Gada Image copyright Gada family
Image caption The funeral of five-year-old Andrea Gada has been delayed

A family whose relatives have been denied visas to attend the funeral of their daughter have been told their applications have been rejected again.

Five-year-old Andrea Gada, of Downland Close in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was hit by a car in the town on 16 December and died the following day.

The prime minister said he would review the case after her grandparents and aunt in Zimbabwe were refused visas.

But the Home Office has again said they will not be allowed entry.

MP pledge

Andrea's parents, Wellington and Charity Gada, are from Zimbabwe and were granted asylum in the UK.

Their daughter's funeral was delayed because the family were refused visas.

Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd raised the matter during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday and said he would act as a guarantor to ensure the relatives returned to Zimbabwe.

David Cameron said he would look at the case and make sure the Home Office had a careful look to see what could be done.

Image caption Charity and Wellington Gada have been told the Home Office has reviewed the case but will not grant visas

Mr and Mrs Gada have now been told the Home Office has reviewed the case but will still not grant the visas.

In a letter to Mr Lloyd it said it would not overturn the refusal because the family members do not meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Mr Gada said the news was devastating.

"Considering what the tragedy has done to us, this is just piling the misery on," he said.

"We will do whatever they (the Home Office) want as long as the family are here for the funeral and then they will leave the UK."

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