Iryn Namubiru, a Ugandan singer, was arrested at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport before supposedly performing at a concert at the Yotsukaido Cultural Hall in the capital city. The chairman of the Ugandan community in Japan, Twaibu Ssekamate, confirmed the arrest, but could not give further details as for the reason and circumstances of her detainment.
The Ugandans who were waiting at the concert venue received reports about her arrest and immediately trooped to the airport to support her. But local police informed them that they could not do anything to help Namubiru because she was carrying a French passport. She has reportedly sought the help of the French embassy in Japan. Unconfirmed sources say that she was found to be in possession of pellets mixed with groundnut seeds, which by itself, does not seem to be illegal. The singer claims that someone from Uganda who has relatives in Japan just handed her the package and she had no knowledge of its contents. Another report says that her arrest has something to do with a misunderstanding with her Japanese promoter, a Kim Ueno. Her Ugandan promoter, Balaam Barugahara, said that if the drugs are the reason, then it must be a set-up
She is currently still being held by the Japanese police and since there is no official word from the authorities, these are all rumors and speculations. Namubiru has been tweeting for the past week about how excited she was that she will be performing in Japan, so all this must be disappointing for her and her fans as well.
[ via New Vision ]