The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga has asked government to give Consular Assistance to musician Edirisa Musuza alias Eddy Kenzo, expedite his return and clear his bills in Ivory Coast where he has been stuck since the lockdown.
Eddy Kenzo was stranded in Ivory Coast after the closure of borders in March to stem the spread of covid-19.
The Speaker said she received a call from Kenzo, who said he was stuck in Abidjan and in dire straits after he had spent all he had.
“I received a phone call today from @eddykenzoficial who is stuck in Cote d’Ivoire where he had gone to perform. The lockdown found him out of the country. He is in dire straits. He has spent whatever he had. He’s unable to come home because the flights are not available,” the Speaker said.
She asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry in collaboration with the Ugandan Mission in Abidjan to meet the artist’s bills and offer him the needed Consular services.
“I call upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs @mofaug, working through our Mission in #Abuja to offer him consular services so that he can be assisted to return home; but to also meet his bills,” the Speaker noted.
Kadaga said that the life in Ivory Coast is worse for Eddy Kenzo since he is in a French speaking country and promised to inform president Museveni about Kenzo’s matter.
“I will be informing H.E. @KagutaMuseveni about this matter so that he can be assisted. For him its even worse bse he is in a French speaking country. Life is not as easy as it would be if he was in an English-speaking country where he could talk with people and get assistance” The Speaker tweeted.
On Tuesday May 26, the Minister for ICT Judith Nabakooba revealed that government had approved the return of over 25,000 Ugandans stuck abroad due to the COVID-19.
This was after the Cabinet Meeting held on Monday 25 May, chaired by President Museveni agreed that the stranded Ugandans will cater for their own flight costs and undego testing upon arrival as well as mandatory institutional quarantine at their own cost.