While others are complaining about ‘Njaanuary’, Sangoma Katumba Shafiq aka Katsha De’bank is counting double blessings. The flashy socialite was finally released from jail, and on the same night, his wife Shakira delivered a bouncing baby boy. His is a happily-ever-after kind of story; from jailbird to father.
In November last year, the Sangoma, alongside four other Ugandans, was sent to the coolers on charges of fraud. This was on the verge of his The Money Team (TMT)’s Money and Gold party, which was pending a few weeks away. The unfortunate happened, and teammates Cameron Gitawo and Meddie Ssentongo were forced to blow the paper and minerals without him.
Worse still, his wife, Shakira De’bank was heavy with a 7-month old pregnancy, and she dearly missed him. Her husband remained at the claws of the media, as he miserably lurked in the Central State Correction Penitentiary of Johannesburg with a 10-year sentence looming large.
All that is history now, as Katsha breathed his first air of 2016 as a free man last night. His Facebook wall was busy with messages of fans welcoming him back and expressing how much they had missed him. There was also one from his wife, who as one fan called ‘Katshakira’ also welcomed back her husband.
It may not be known how easily Katsha will transition from holding prison bars to his son, but it is surely a good thing for him to be out, and even better, to be out as a father.