KAMPALA – South Africa music legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been deported out of Uganda on account on lack of a visa.
The legendary South African artiste arrived in the country on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s performance at the Buganda Kingdom’s Enkuuka Y’Omwaka.
But police spokesman Fred Enanga said Chaka Chaka had entered the country on an ordinary visa of a visitor yet she had come to perform and required a special visa.
Mr Enanga said as a result, the Immigration Department has cancelled her temporary visa before security officials escorted her to Entebbe Airport and put on the immediate plane back to South Africa.
This website had earlier reported the music icon’s much anticipated music performance at Buganda Kingdom end of year show was in the balance after she was blocked by security agencies on Tuesday morning from doing her final music rehearsal.
The singer, who was booked into Pearl of Africa Hotel, was on Tuesday morning blocked by armed men as she attempted to conduct a sound check.
Security forces are said to have cordoned off the hotel and ordered her to stop her rehearsal. They also demanded all staff and journalists present to switch off their phones or they be confiscated. The armed men then demanded to speak to her in private before they whisked her off to an unknown destination.
However, sources later intimated to this website that the artiste was deported over sympathizing with People Power movement leader Robert Kyagulanyi, aka, 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 likened to South Africa’s apartheid freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.
Kyagulanyi later performed along South African legend Yvonne Chaka Chaka at Serena hotel.
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