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Credit: Ryan Mattis ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Immigration and labor officials here say the promoters of a show featuring Jamaican singer, Buju Banton, have not yet made any request for an exemption allowing him to enter the island for the May 11 show.“Night of Love”Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, will headline the “Night of Love” carded for May 11 here as part of a tour of several Caribbean countries.Earlier this week, the Trinidad and Tobago government announced an exemption for the Jamaican singer because the country’s Immigration Act prohibits “persons who have been convicted of or admit to having committed any crime, which if committed in Trinidad and Tobago would be punishable with imprisonment for one or more years”.The legislation also allows for the Minister of National Security to issue a written permit to allow any person to enter the island or to remain therein. National Security Minister Stuart Young gave the assurance that once the promoters request the necessary exemption, he was prepared to grant an exemption.Grenada’s laws similar to TT’sGrenada’s Immigration law also has similar provisions, but the final directive will be at the discretion of the Immigration Minister after an application is made for a work permit in the Ministry of Labor.Grenada’s Minister for Immigration is Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.When asked if his company was aware of the law, Ian St Bernard of Sunshine Promotions replied “I am not a lawyer, I don’t know anything about that, I have my work permit, call the Attorney General and ask them about that”.Immigration officials have explained that as a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) national, there is provision for all CARICOM nationals to enter the island, however, the Minister of Immigration can approve enter and denial. “It is always at the pleasure of a receiving state that a person is allowed into a country so in the case of Buju, who served time in prison and did not received a pardon, an immigration officer without receiving an exempt instruction will have to comply with the law,” one Immigration official said.An official from the Ministry of Labor explained that despite the provision for free travel within CARICOM entry to an island is still guided by the Immigration Act.In 2011 Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was released in December 2019 from a USA federal prison after serving seven years behind bars.
Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania), Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo).Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska FC – Sweden)Strikers: Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United, Sweden); Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania); Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda); Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt); Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda). Desabre looks on as Miya does his thing during qualifiers. Miya is one of the foreign based players named on the preliminary squad.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A Uganda Cranes preliminary squad for the forthcoming AFCON Finals in Egypt heads to Abu Dhabi on May 27 for a preparation camp where they will play two friendly games.Head coach Sebastien Desabre has released a list comprising a mix of local and foreign players, for the camp with a surprise debut call for Sweden based players, Abdul Lumala (Syrianska) and Alexis Bbakka (Carlstad United BK). The final 23-man squad will be submitted on 11 June after the camp.Egypt will host the Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams, from 21 June to 19 July.Abdul Lumala soon after signing for his new side in February. Below, Alexis BbakkaThe Squad to Abu Dhabi:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda). Share on: WhatsApp