There was excitement and relief as Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo finally landed in the country after being stranded in Ivory Coast for several months following a lockdown that was induced to coronavirus outbreak which caught him in the West African country.
Kenzo whose real name is Edirisa Musuuza arrived at Entebbe International Airport early this morning Saturday, July 25th, 2020, at 1:30 AM aboard Uganda Airlines repatriation flight together with other Ugandans who were stranded in West Africa due to the deadly pandemic that has ravaged the world since the beginning of this year.
Things became very difficult for the BET Award winner after he was trapped in Ivory Coast where he had gone to perform at the MASA festival in Ivory Coast, a week before President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced the closure of the Airport on March 28th for passenger flights.
With every passing day looking bleak, Kenzo who had previously made several unsuccessful attempts to return to Uganda after government started relaxing the lockdown resorted to prayers. He cried on social media for help and even at one point petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, saying he had run out of money for upkeep and was willing to be quarantined in Uganda upon his return.
The Speaker Kadaga showed concern as Kenzo according to her was “in dire straits” and needed help. She promised to intervene although Ministry of Health advised the President against such a move of repatriating some ‘special’ Ugandans’ then because it was still dangerous to do so.
To make matters worse, even other airports were closed and efforts were all futile to convince other countries to allow movement of passengers despite Kadaga calling 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 finally he is home after government started repatriating citizens trapped abroad in different countries. This morning, Kenzo arrived with 56 other Ugandan nationals and legal residents who had been stranded in West African countries of Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, the Gambia, Niger, the Republic of Guinea and Cameroon have been successfully repatriated according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A few fans of the singer and his team went to welcome him at the airport as he brandished a smile of relief while waving the Uganda National flag. He promised to release a statement shortly and we will bring you all the highlights as soon as we land on it.