South African music icon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has denied being deported by Ugandan authorities.
She responded to the claim in a tweet on Wednesday, describing it as fake news.
“After reading all this I don’t know if I should just laugh or cry. All I am asking for is pls stop hate speech and fake news. What is this world coming to? “ she tweeted.
— Yvonne Chaka Chaka (@YvonneChakaX2) December 31, 2019
Responding to her fans, she said: ” I can assure u. I will come back to Uganda and perform. This is my motherland.”
Ugandan immigration and security authorities had reportedly deported the South African music icon ahead of her End of Year and New Year performance in Kampala, over visa irregularities.
Fred Enanga, Uganda’s police spokesperson, said Chaka Chaka, who was supposed to perform at the Buganda Kingdom End of Year Show, dubbed Enkuuka Y’Omwaka at Mengo, was escorted to Entebbe International Airport, about 40km south of the capital to board a flight back to South Africa.
“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],” said Enanga.
“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 said.
The police spokesperson said Chaka Chaka and her promoters were advised to apply for a working visa for her music performance and avoid the pretence of being an ordinary visitor.
“The ordinary visa can’t enable her to perform in any income generating activity within the country,” said Enanga.
“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,” he said.