Ugandan immigration and security authorities have deported South African musician, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, over visa irregularities ahead of her End of the Year and New Year performance in Kampala.
Uganda’s police spokesperson, Fred Enanga revealed that Chaka Chaka, who was billed to perform at the Buganda Kingdom End of Year Show, was escorted to Entebbe International Airport about 40km south of the capital to board a flight back to her country.
“The security task team in close coordination with immigration officials has this afternoon escorted Chaka Chaka to Entebbe International airport where she boarded her immediate flight to South Africa via Kigali [Rwanda],” Enanga said.
“The foreign musician had initially been granted an ordinary visa which was cancelled by immigration officials after it was realised she had come as a performing artist in one of the New Year events,” he explained.
Enanga further said that Chaka Chaka and her team had been advised to apply for a working visa to enable her perform and avoid hiding under the guise of a visitor.
In his words: “The ordinary visa can’t enable her to perform in any income generating activity within the country.
“This has been done by the immigration officials with the security team to help maintain the integrity of our immigration rules to all visitors to our country including foreign musicians.”