Yvonne Chaka Chaka responds to Uganda deportation claims

Cape Town - South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka was deported from Uganda ahead of a live performance reportedly due to having the incorrect visa.

In fact, Enanga said that at Entebbe International Airport, Chaka Chaka boarded her next immediate flight to South Africa via Kigali jetting out of the country at 4:15pm.

Mr Enanga said immigration officials cancelled Chaka Chaka's ordinary visa after realising she travelled to perform at New Year events.

Just hours after the news of Yvonne Chaka Chaka's cancelled performance in Uganda started trending on social media - following the police's video in which they say she was deported and her response - the singer said in a tweet: "After reading all this i don't know if I should just laugh or cry".

Enanga said, "The ordinary visa can not enable her 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", added Enanga. But I was later informed that she was being detained by security officers at the hotel who said they were offering her security.

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Her phone was confiscated and she was not allowed to communicate with anyone, not even Abitex who organized the show. "She was refused to leave the hotel", Musinguzi said.

Other reports suggest that her trouble with Ugandan authorities began after she described singer-cum-MP Bobi Wine as "the next Mandela".

Chaka Chaka-famous for using her music like many south Africa artists of her time to promote anti-apartheid messages-has not shied from her support for Bobi Wine's political efforts.

Observes say Chaka Chaka was deported because she recently praised Ugandan pop-star-turned opposition politician, Robert Kyagulanyi - also known as Bobi Wine - who has become a challenger of Uganda's 33-year President Yoweri Museveni. Today worldwide icon Yvonne Chaka Chaka was deported from Uganda. Police in Uganda claimed there had been a problem with her visa. "Everybody is anxious. But I am fine".

Interestingly, in a video she posted on her Twitter handle at 7.28 pm, Chaka Chaka denied being deported by Ugandan authorities, saying she wasn't kidnapped or deported as has been reported.

  • Michelle Webb