Tanzanian singers Ali Kiba and Barakah Da Prince were attacked and robbed in South Africa by an armed gang that comprised six members Thursday morning, eDaily has learnt.
The duo had flown to Johannesburg, South Africa Wednesday morning for video shoot and other business operations.
“Ali Kiba and Barakah Da Prince were together with their team members preparing to begin their meeting at one of the companies in S.A’s capital,” an official statement by Rockstar4000 management says in part.
“Six men, who were armed with guns, brought down glass walls of the office and attacked members of the gathering that comprised Ali Kiba and Barakah Da Prince,” read the Rockstar4000 management circular.
“The gang robbed Kiba and his crew property of unknown value. The burglars also made away with office equipment. Fortunately, Ali Kiba, Barakah Da Prince and the rest of the victims of robbery were left unhurt.
“Ali Kiba and Barakah Da Prince wish to allay fears resulting from the incident. The two will rest for one day so that they can forget about the unfortunate incident. However, they will continue with their projects and see them to completion. Their scheduled performances in S.A. and other parts of the world will be fulfilled,” concluded the statement.
Barakah has featured Ali Kiba in a new hit dubbed Nisamehe.
Sources say Police are investigating the incident.
This is not the first time foreign artistes are robbed in South Africa.
Last year November, award-winning Nigerian singer Davido, was robbed at Greyston Shopping Center, Moloko Hotel Junction shortly after landing in the country.
Davido was in the company of his manager Kamal Ajiboye and businessman Chidi Okeke when the unfortunate incident happened.
Mr Ajiboye narrated to Nigeria’s NET how the robbery took place.
“We had just arrived in South Africa yesterday (Friday) evening, so we stopped at a traffic light, next thing, they crossed us and two of them came out with guns and they used their guns to smash our glass windows.”
The robbers stole from them money, expensive watches, jewelry and passports.
“They took my bag pack, I had USD45, 000 (Ksh4.6 million) and David had USD60, 000 (Ksh6.2 million). We were also with the CEO of Mcomm Solution Chidi Okeke who also had USD80, 000 (Ksh8.2 million) on him,” said Kamal.
Davido’s manager added that being robbed in S.A was something they did not foresee.
“You know, we travel all the time with different currencies, so taking our bags is the least we expected.”
Mr Ajiboye stated that the incident traumatised them.
“I am in pain, I am still shocked, they hit my leg with the guns, we just thank God for our lives, that we are all okay for now,” he stated.
The three were, however, left unhurt.
“Thank God for my life. If it were not for him, it would have been a different story,” Davido tweeted, adding: “My daughter’s face was flashing through my eyes the whole time.”
Davido was in South Africa for a performance at that took place in November 21, 2015.
In yet another burglary case, Okeke and others including a popular producer were in July 2015, robbed at gunpoint while using automated cash points in South Africa.