Following the news that Ugandan singer Iryn Namubiru has been arrested and continues to be held after her arrival in Tokyo at the Narita International Airport, the International Police in the African country have said they will begin looking into the matter. Interpol’s director in Uganda, Asan Kasingye, has stated that they were notified by Japanese police after Namubiru was arrested, and that she was being held for possession of illegal drugs.
While the singer is a Ugandan national, she holds a French passport, which is believed to part of what prompted Japan’s suspicions. Interpol says they will be in contact with French authorities in order to assist Namubiru in any way possible. Interpol also confirmed that she was found with powdered groundnuts concealing drug pellets inside her belongings, but the singer has said she had no knowledge of what was inside the parcel.
The whereabouts of Kim Tumwesigye, AKA Kim Ueno, are also of interest to Interpol, as he is the promoter who hired her to perform in Tokyo, but supposedly has already fled Japan. Director Kasingye comments that they have found it odd that he would hire a performer, only to abandon them when difficulties arise. Namubiru’s associate in Uganda has said that if she was found with drugs, it had to have been a set-up, while her brother and manager are dismissing claims from the internet that she was already deported back to the city of Kampala, suspecting that they are the work the shady promoter.
[via New Vision]