Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Wednesday told parliament that singer Eddy Kenzo reached out to her for help.
The singer is currently in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Speaker told MPs that Kenzo confided in her that he has spent all the money he had on him and also cannot travel back due to the global COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
‘‘I received a phone call today from Eddy Kenzo 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.’’ Kadaga said.
The Speaker appealed to the Foreign Affairs Ministry to intervene in the singer’s predicament.
“I would like to call upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working through our Mission in Abuja, to offer him consular services so that he can be assisted to come home; and to also meet his bills,” Kadaga.
Kadaga promised to inform President Museveni on the Kenzo’s situation.
‘ ‘I will be informing H.E. Kaguta Museveni about this matter so that he can be assisted. For him its even worse because 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.’’ Kadaga said.
There are several Ugandans stuck abroad including English teachers in China, teachers in Rwanda, Ugandans who had traveled for conferences and studies, and prominent Ugandans like former Electoral Commission Chairperson Engineer Badru Kiggundu and Acholi Paramount Chief, Rwot David Onen Acana II.
Media reports indicate that cabinet on Monday cleared the 2,400 Ugandans stranded abroad to return following pressure and calls to have them evacuated, like other nations were doing.
A registration exercise of Ugandans from last month made Ugandans stranded abroad anxious as they rushed to register