Reports surfaced early this week claiming that the management of a renowned rehabilitation centre in Tanzania, Sober House, is looking for top gospel artiste Rose Muhando with intention of admitting her to the facility for drug addiction treatment.
A source ‘close to Rose Muhando’, who spoke to a Tanzanian newspaper, alleged that Ms Muhando ran away from her home in Ipagala, Dodoma, after losing her mind following long-term use of hard drugs – and that a pastor has offered to foot her rehabilitation fee.
“The pastor has looked for the management of Sober House and requested them to look for Rose Muhando who is at large – and once they find her, they should admit her into the rehab facility. The man of God said he will foot the rehab treatment bill,” said the source, as quoted by Global Publishers.
The outlet looked for the head of Sober House rehab centre, Nuru Saleh, who confirmed that a pastor had requested his team to look for Rose Muhando and admit her to the facility for drug addiction.
“We have begun looking for Rose Muhando, and once we find her, we will admit her to Sober House in Dodoma,” said Mr Saleh, as quoted by Global Publishers.
“PASTOR WANTED ME TO DO ‘DIRTY THINGS’ WITH HIM”
EDAILY’s Brian Okoth reached Rose Muhando for comment, and Rose debunked the reports, claiming that the said pastor “wanted me to do dirty things with him”. She did not expound on what ‘dirty things’ the pastor wanted her to do, saying: “When the right time comes, I will speak out.”
“(Breaks into a thunderous laughter when asked whether Sober House is indeed looking for her) I am at my home in Ipagala, Dodoma practising with my dancers and choir members ahead of the release of my music video. Those (Tanzanian) reporters have written their falsehoods because they probably know what they are looking for.
“I am the hardest rock they can ever try to break with their cooked stories. I don’t think there is any challenge in life that will make me look back. Currently, I am practising for my music video, which is yet to be released, and if my manager comes, I will let him talk to you,” said Rose Muhando.
“Even my choir members are here with me. Let them greet you so that you can confirm. (The choir members shout: ‘Bwana Asifiwe’). We are all here in good health and shape. Toward the end of next week, I will travel to Nairobi,” added Rose, before emphasising: “There is no rehabilitation center management looking for me, they cannot even start looking for me. If the false claims were made by an MP, then he or she will lose the next election and if the claims were made by a pastor, then God will deal with him.
“I Rose, I am a superstar – they say. If anyone is looking for me, they know where I live. They could have already come for me. Let me ask you: is it even possible for a well-known person like me to successfully hide from people? There are lies peddled about me that are far from the truth,” said Rose Muhando.
For a while now, Rose Muhando has been battling claims of being a drug addict.
In January, 2017, she came out to vehemently deny having abused drugs.
“I don’t abuse drugs and I will never abuse drugs. If that is the scandal my enemies thought would bring me down musically, then their efforts are futile. The propagators of those rumours asked me to work with them but I refused,” Rose Muhando told Mwanaspoti Newspaper.
“I am not indulging in drugs in any way, and the more they talk, the more it affects my family psychologically and emotionally. I am a mother of three children, I have relatives (they are being affected by the rumours). The rumour mongers know very well I don’t have anyone who would come to my defense,” added Rose Muhando.
Rose Muhando was born in 1976 in Dumila Village, Morogoro Province.
She was initially a Muslim before converting to Christianity when she was 9-years-old. She had been ailing for three years – all through in bed –, and when she fully recovered she converted to Christianity.
Rose Muhando’s albums include: Mteule Uwe Macho, Kitimutimu, Jipange Sawasawa and Utamu wa Yesu.