The expulsion from Uganda on 31 December 2019 of the South African singer Yvonne Chaka was prompted by Yoweri Museveni’s fears over the links of the leader of the People Power Movement, Bobi Wine, with South Africa our desk has learnt.
According to Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, Chaka Chaka was escorted to Entebbe airport by the police and a team from the immigration department after being detained inside her room at Pearl of Africa hotel.
Sources around the hotel said the hotel was beefed up with security which was unusual, with Chaka Chaka under close surveillance. When security detained her inside her room preventing her from going for rehearsals, they demanded all staff and journalists present to switch off their phones. The armed men then demanded to speak to her in private.
The singer last year described Bobi Wine as the Ugandan Nelson Mandela, and the opposition activist has also received the endorsement of the leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters party. Julius Malema congratulated Bobi Wine when he received the Africa Freedom Award in Johannesburg in early December.
However investigations done by Eyalama indicates that Kampala is fearful that South Africa could become a haven for anti-Museveni campaigners. The Ugandan police considers a one John Bosco Mwanje, who runs the The People’s Agency website based in South Africa, to be a criminal who is using public appeals, blackmail and kidnapping to raise funds for political activities.
The Ugandan security services last year invited South Africa’s head of military intelligence, General Jeremiah Nyembe, to meet with his Ugandan counterpart, Colonel Abel Kandiho, on 15 December 2019. They discussed sharing intelligence on terrorism and organised crime and are said to have entered an agreement forward. That same month, South African government banned refugees from engaging in political activity.