South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been deported.
According to Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson, Chaka Chaka was escorted to Entebbe Airport on Tuesday afternoon by the police and a team from the immigration department.
Chaka Chaka was expected to perform at the Enkuuka Concert at Lubiri Grounds.
Enanga says that the musician entered the country using an ordinary visa which does not allow her to perform or carry out any money generating activity.
According to Enanga, Chaka-Chaka should apply for a working visa if she wants to perform in the country.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that, Chaka Chaka was detained on Tuesday inside her room at Pearl of Africa hotel where she was staying since Monday when she arrived in the country.
Abbe Musinguzi also known as Abitex who brought Chaka Chaka into the country, says that they are not sure of her whereabouts.
“Yvonne’s issue is hard to understand. The last time I spoke to her in the morning, she was leaving the hotel to come for a sound check at the venue. But I was later informed that she was being detained by security officers at the hotel who said they were offering her security. She was refused to leave the hotel,” Musinguzi said.
Enanga said Chaka Chaka was deported back to South Africa via Kigali, Rwanda aboard South African Airways.
Chaka Chaka has previously performed in Uganda without any troubles and claimed she was the second ‘first lady’ after Barbie Itungo, Bobi Wine’s wife.
On July 20, 2018, during a charity concert in Uganda, Chaka Chaka referred to Bobi Wine as Uganda’s Nelson Mandela (after the celebrated former South African leader, Nelson Mandela). She has also attended and hosted Bobi Wine in South Africa.
She has has previously endorsed presidential aspirant and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to take on President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 general elections.
– Chaka Chaka denies being deported –
In a video Chaka Chaka posted on her Twitter handle at 7.28 pm, she denied being deported by Ugandan authorities, saying she wasn’t kidnapped or deported as has been reported.
Happy New Year all is well. pic.twitter.com/GjbnXfO8lp
— Yvonne Chaka Chaka (@YvonneChakaX2) December 31, 2019
She went on to assure her “worried” country, fans and husband that “everything is fine” and that it is her who took the decision not to perform at Enkuuka because so many things had not been explained to her.
Additional reporting by URN