Speaker Rebecca Kadaga Wednesday said she had spoken to Ugandan singer Idrisa Musuza commonly known as Eddy Kenzo who is currently trapped in Cote d’Ivoire following virus-induced lockdown.
According to the speaker, the Sitya Loss singer is “in dire straits.”
He has reportedly spent whatever he had yet he’s unable to return home because the flights are not available.
“I received a phone call today from Eddy Kenzo who is stuck in Cote d’Ivoire where he had gone to perform. The lockdown found him out of the country. …I call upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working through our Mission in Abuja to offer him consular services so that he can be assisted to return home; but to also meet his bills,” Speaker Kdaga tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
She promised to speak to President Museveni bout the singer’s plight with the aim of helping him.
“I will be informing H.E. Kaguta Museveni about this matter so that he can be assisted. For him it’s even worse because he is in a French speaking country. Life is not as easy as it would be if he was in an English-speaking country where he could talk with people and get assistance,” Speaker Kadaga added.
The Singer is not the only Ugandan stuck abroad since several Ugandans across the world have in the recent past appealed to government for evacuation after the closure of borders. But these stranded Ugandans who wish to return from abroad will have to meet both the cost of their flights and institutional quarantine, according to the Ministry of Health.
This development followed the Monday cabinet meeting in which government cleared 2,400 Ugandans stranded abroad to return following constant pressure and calls to have them evacuated. Several of these had rushed to register during an exercise undertaken by the missions abroad, with the hope that it would be part of the process to facilitate their return.
The Minister of Health Dr Ruth Aceng says that these will come back in phases and will register with Ugandan embassies abroad and be linked with airlines that are operational. She emphasized that only those who can meet their cost will be returned.