Singer Edirisa Musuuza better known as Eddy Kenzo has reached out to Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on phone to help secure his exit from Côte d’Ivoire.
Kadaga revealed the development during the Parliament plenary sitting on Wednesday.
“This afternoon, I received a phone call from Eddie Kenzo, a Ugandan musician, stuck in Cote d’Ivoire where he had gone to perform,” said Kadaga.
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.
“He is in dire straits and has spent whatever he had. He’s unable to come home because flights are not available,” added Kadaga.
The Speaker appealed to the Foreign Affairs Ministry to intervene in the singer’s predicament and ensure the Uganda’s mission in Nigeria offers consular assistance to him.
“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,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga promised to inform President Yoweri Museveni on the Kenzo’s situation exacerbated by language constrained since Ivory Coast is a Francophone nation.
“I will also be informing H.E. the President about this matter so that he can be assisted. For him its even worse because he is in a French speaking country,” said Kadaga.
The Speaker noted that life is not as easy as it would be if Kenzo was in an English-speaking country where he could talk with people and get assistance.