Tanzanian musician Hawa Mayoka, who was supposed to leave the country for India on Saturday, October 13, was stranded at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam after immigration officers refused to let her fly without a doctor’s report showing what she was ailing from.
Hawa, known for the popular hit “Nitarejea”, which she featured musician Diamond Platnumz, is suffering from a liver-related disease and was to be flown to India for treatment after recommendations by doctors in Tanzania.
Hawa was to fly to India accompanied by Diamond’s manager, Babu Tale and her mother Ndagina Said.
Mr Tale told Tanzania’s “Global Publishers” that they were in the process of being cleared to fly, when it was discovered that Ms Mayoka did not have a doctor’s report detailing what she was suffering from.
According to Mr Tale, the report was needed so that should an emergency arise during the flight, flight attendants would know how to handle the singer.
“They [airport officials] could not let us fly due to lack of Hawa’s medical report. They have asked us to get the report before we can fly,” said Babu Tale.
Hawa, her mother Ndagina Said and Babu Tale were to leave for India on October 13 at 4:45pm aboard Fly Emirates plane.
The new date for travel is yet to be revealed.
Musician Diamond Platnumz in early October announced that he would fund Hawa’s liver treatment in India.
The treatment, according to Diamond, will cost Tsh50 million (Ksh2.2 million).
“Due to my financial woes, I had lost hope in getting treatment. The doctors in Tanzania had advised me to seek medical treatment in India. And now, the hope in me is restored after Diamond [Platnumz] offered to fly me to India for treatment,” Hawa told Tanzania’s Ijumaa Wikienda.
Hawa’s mother, Ndagina Said, thanked Diamond Platnumz for his kindness.
“May God bless Diamond. It is because of his deed that my daughter’s life will be saved,” said Ms Said.
Hawa has been battling a liver-related disease, which has reportedly been caused by excessive drinking.