Joint security and immigration officers on Tuesday December 31 arrested and deported South African songstress Yvonne Chaka Chaka, hours before the annual Buganda Kingdom’s ‘Enkuuka Y’omwaka’ show which was organized by CBS FM.
The concert was slated to take place at the Kabaka’s palace in Bulange, Mengo.
Chaka Chaka who was residing at the Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala was roughed up arrested and escorted back to Entebbe airport from where she was sent back home.
Police Speaks Out
In his address on Tuesday evening, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the artiste had been deported on grounds that she didn’t have a working visa to Uganda.
“This is to inform the public that a security task team in close coordination with immigration officials has escorted Ms. Mhinga Yvonne, popularly known as Chaka Chaka to Entebbe International Airport, where she boarded her next immediate flight to South Africa, via Kigali,” Enanga said in a televised press briefing.
He added that the Musician had initially been granted an ordinary visa which was cancelled by immigration officials after it was realized that she had come as a performing artiste in one of the New Year events.
Enter Bobi Wine
While in Kampala last year, Chaka Chaka referred to Bobi Wine as Uganda’s Nelson Mandela. The legendary singer revealed that the Kyadondo East MP is a very much admired icon in South Africa and is often linked to South Africa’s apartheid freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.
Kyagulanyi later performed along South African legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka at Serena hotel. The charity concert organised by Shule Foundation was aimed at raising funds to build a school for former street kids.
Chaka Chaka has also previously endorsed presidential Bobi Wine to take on President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 general elections.
Bobi Wine himself has been banned from performing in Uganda since 2018 with Museveni claiming that he keeps telling the international community that Uganda has been run down and the people have become poorer. According to Museveni, since in Bobi Wine’s assessment, Ugandans are poor, then he should be performing to get their little money.
Refusal to Meet Museveni
The Tower Post has also learnt that the legendary music icon turned down a State House request to meet President Museveni prior to the concert.
Reports indicate that security forces had planned to briefly fly Chaka Chaka in a UPDF chopper from Pearl of Africa Kampala to Museveni’s ranch in Kisozi where he had gone for holidays.
But the singer declined to honor the President’s request which is believed to have fueled her deportation.
Museveni has previously hosted a number of international singers visiting Uganda for a brief engagement before they continued with their agendas.
In October 2018, Museveni hosted American star rapper Kanye West together with his wife and international reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
The latest artiste to be hosted by the President was Congolese Lingala singer Kanda Bongo Man who was flown to Kisozi on a jet.