Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National Coordinator for Quarantine Centres at the Ministry of Health, who led the team, says that Kenzo indeed received six visitors on the same day last week.
“However, his visitors saw him at the same time but they were all wearing face masks. They also stood at least 2 metres away from Kenzo who stood at his hotel room door,” Mugahi says.
Ugandan musician Eddy Kenzo after landing at the airport
The Ministry of Health has discharged 78 returnees including
one of Ugandan top musician Edrisa Musuuza also known as Eddy Kenzo from institutional
The group has been discharged from quarantine after testing negative
twice for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, Kenzo's discharge was also pegged to the probe findings
of the ministry on claims from whistleblowers that he had allegedly breached quarantine guidelines.
claimed that Kenzo received visitors while undergoing institutional quarantine
at Fairway Hotel in Kampala.
Quarantined persons are banned from having physical
interactions with other people except for health officers and hotel workers.
They are also not supposed to leave their rooms until they are given a discharge
certificate upon completion of the quarantine period.
As a result, the health ministry this morning sent officials
to review CCTV footage at the hotel to ascertain the claims.
Dr. Richard Mugahi, the National Coordinator for
Quarantine Centres at the Ministry of Health, who led the team, says that Kenzo
indeed received six visitors on the same day last week.
“However, his visitors saw him at the same time but they
were all wearing face masks. They also stood at least 2 metres away from Kenzo
who stood at his hotel room door,” says Mugahi.
Mugahi adds, "So we have exonerated Kenzo because he complied with the rest of the quarantine guidelines. As a result, Kenzo is now free to go home.
This evening however, he is expected to address a joint press conference
with the health ministry on the need for the public to observe the anti COVID-19
measures. These measures include; social distancing, following quarantine guidelines
and wearing face masks while in public among others.
Kenzo had traveled to perform at a music concert when he
got stranded in Cote d'Ivoire. He was stuck in the west African country for
four months following the closure of all land borders and Entebbe International
Airport on March 23, as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19.
He was among the 232 Ugandans and legal residents who arrived in the country
from West Africa and Europe on July 25 and are currently undergoing
institutional quarantine at various centres.
Some of these returnees are among the group of 78 who have been
discharged today from quarantine. The rest were either discharged over the weekend
or still undergoing quarantine where returnees tested positive for COVID-19.