Jackie Chandiru is not dead but she needs our help, says Balaam
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on September 17, 2019
Events promoter Balaam Barugahara has launched a campaign to fundraise resources for former all-girl music group Blu*3 diva, Jackie Chandiru. Earlier this week, social media was awash with reports that Chandiru had passed on having escaped from rehab at Naguru Hospital and allegedly issuing suicide notes that she was going to take her own life due to recommendations from specialists and doctors to have her left hand amputated for the sake of her life. But in a video recorded from a private home that reportedly belongs to a one Ruth from Recovery Solutions, an NGO that took up the responsibility to take care for Chandiru, Balaam, while sitting next to the “gold digger” hit maker confirmed that the singer is not dead like the reports alleged but rather needs public support and help to be able to get out of her current situation and have another chance at life. “Those who have been saying that Chandiru is dead, she is is not dead, she is healing but needs our help,” Balaam said in part. Balaam said that Chandiru will now require between UgShs. 1.8 to 2.5 million every month to be able to receive medical attention from specialists and called upon the public to contribute to the cause by donating what one can afford to either him (Balaam) or Pastor Wilson Bugembe of Light the World Church International in Nansana. “(Chandiru) needs between 1.8 to 2.5 million shillings every month in order to see specialists and her doctors. I am calling upon every one who has something that they can offer to reach out to Pastor Wilson Bugembe for all cash donations or me for all other forms of donations. I want the money to have one collection point and that’s why it should be taken to Pastor Bugembe alone,” he said. At what was arguably the highlight of her career in 2014 having been among the few artistes to feature in the second season of ‘Coke Studio Africa,” Chandiru slipped off the music scene following a break down due to alleged drug abuse. About her recovery from rehab, Chandiru said that it was so difficult for her as she was still getting triggers and moments where felt like she needed a needle. Chandiru was re-admitted in rehab in July this year.