The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has described the deceased music icon Jonny Hallyday as a big influence on the French cultural scene. He was not only respected across Europe but globally.
“UPC wishes to pass on its condolence message to the French Ambassador and staff at the embassy, as well as French nationals in Uganda following the passing away of the legendary French rock music icon,” said the party’s national chairman Lawrence Okae.
Hallyday died at the age of 74 after battling lung cancer. The news of his demise was announced by the office of the French president.
“"He brought a part of America into our national pantheon," French President Emmanuel Macron's office said early on Wednesday.
Dr.Gideon Akomo(in red) during the press conference
During the UPC weekly press conference at Uganda House on Wednesday, Okae commended the deceased for his contribution to the battle against social problems resulting from exclusion and xenophobia in France and the European continent, which have also affected Africa.
According to The Guardian, the deceased’s wife Laeticia Hallyday said: “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us. He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”