A few days back, Veteran music renowned Music promoter Balaam Barugahara appeared on social media with a video calling the public for sympathy and financial support to bedridden singer Jackie Chandiru.
In the video, the singer appeared sick and not well. Balaam argued the public to financially contribute money and any other item through him and Gospel singer Wilson Bugembe.
However, the family of Chandiru has come out strongly to distance itself from Balaam and warns Ugandans not to deal with him. They allege, the singer is in good hands receiving proper treatment.
Official family statement reads;
Dear people of God and especially the people of West Nile, we have seen and observed a video of our own family member Jackie Chandiru with one man who is allegedly asking for money from public to treat Jackie! kindly be informed that, Jackie Chandiru is alive, under both medical and rehabilitation care by the family due to her state and the family has all along been respectful of her privacy contrary to the ongoing stories about her.
Secondly, Jackie is undergoing medical and psycho-social treatment in a reputable rehabilitation facility known by the family and has not abrogated that responsibility to any one as of now regardless of circumstances and the family requests utmost prayers to enable her get to her feet as a promising lady.
The family wishes to caution the public against whoever calls for help, financial contribution in the name Jackie Chandiru as seen on video being circulated without consulting, informing or even courtesy Goodwill to the family. We consider such call for soliciting public money as ill intentioned, dubious, fraudulent and totally improper with greater aim of damaging the reputation of both the patient and the family at this moment.
We do request restraint from those engaged in such activities and do corporate with family and also strongly appreciate those that have stood shoulder to shoulder with us during the many trying moments as this in praying, supporting and guiding where necessary
The family will update you through proper channels.
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