Lady Maureen Popular musician speaks after she was jailed in Tanzania

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Popular musician Lady Maureen speaks after she was jailed in Tanzania play Popular musician Lady Maureen speaks after she was jailed in Tanzania (Courtesy)

Popular Kenyan musician Lady Maureen speaks after she was arrested and jailed together with her band members in Tanzania.

The singer who has since been released after friends came to her rescue said that one of the biggest reason they ended up in prison is because Tanzanian Swahili was hard for them to understand.

“They read charges and we raised our hands to explain how our passports were taken. But the magistrate did not understand us. He said, ‘Nimeshasoma, mmeshafungwa (I’ve already read and you are already convicted). They didn’t give us a chance to defend ourselves. We were taken back to the cells and later to prison,” she said while speaking to Sunday Nation.

play Popular musician Lady Maureen speaks after she was jailed in Tanzania (Courtesy)

 

Lady Maureen also disclosed that what befell her and her band members was because of a promoter who tricked her into going to Mwanza for two shows during Easter.

She added that the promoter took their temporary passports as soon as they arrived at the Sirare boarder to go and clear them.

“We crossed over and no policeman stopped us. It appears the woman wanted to evade paying $100 for each of us plus a work permit. We met her in Tarime and she said she had sorted things out, said Lady Maureen.

 

She added that as soon as they were done with their shows and asked for payment from the promoter, she refused to pic her calls and that is when immigration officers came to her hotel room and told her that they had arrested her band members.

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