Musician Eddy Kenzo, real names Edirisa Musuuza, finally returned back to Uganda after four months in Ivory Coast capital Abidjan where he had been locked down due to the global COVID19 pandemic that forced countries to disable air transport.
According to Uganda Airlines that announced the singers return on Thursday, Kenzo’s flight from Abidjan, Uganda Airlines 5X-KOB (in red), callsign UR212, left Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire at 6:05 PM EAT.
The flight, which also had other Ugandans that were stranded in West Africa, touched base at Entebbe at midnight. It had Ugandans who were stranded in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.
In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of Entebbe International Airport. No passenger flight was allowed to land or take off. Only cargo planes left or entered the country.
This directive by the president ensured that Ugandans who had been stranded abroad could not return home. Numerous cries by Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated fell on dead ears as the government was unwilling to offer special treatment to him.
To date, many Ugandans stranded mainly in Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pleading for the government to consider their repatriation even if it meant that they incur the cost.
Eddy Kenzo and his returning compatriots will be subjected to 14 days of quarantine at a place designated by ministry of health. Kenzo, a celebrated award-winning singer, will be inaccessible to the public during the time of the quarantine.