Once-famous musician Joseph Alfazema was on Wednesday arrested by the police in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for allegedly chewing sweets and littering in the public.
The artist, who has been in the United Arab Emirates since October last year, was travelling in a commuter from Al Aweer to Deira, before a policeman nabbed him.
Alfazema, famous for the hit Tilibe Chonena, was seen chewing bubblegum and littering in the public as the bus was passing Sonapur.
In a telephone interview, the musician confirmed that he was handcuffed and charged before paying a fine of 200 UAE Dirham (K25 000).
“It is true that I was arrested. As you know, I am not familiar with the laws here as I have been here for three months now. I was arrested for chewing and littering in public. But I paid the fine after they detained me,” said Alfazema.
The musician added that it is a hard-learnt lesson to him considering that in Malawi, there was nothing of that sort.
“In Malawi, we are used to chewing in public with no consequence. This has made me to start consulting on the laws here so that I am fully acquainted with how it works,” he said.
After the musician failed to make it to the much touted trip to South Korea in 2013, Alfazema left for Dubai and is working for a company involved in the production of concrete blocks and tiles.
The artist is working as a plant operator and controls water levels in concrete making machines of the company.
Asked if he has quit music completely, Alfazema said he is in Dubai for a short period and intends to return to Malawi in the next three years, open up a studio and a shop.
“I have not dumped music completely. Music made me a name and I am here to source funds and continue singing,” he elaborated.
He added: “But for now, I have to work to make money, which will assist me to further develop my music. During my free time, I am planning to perform in some places as my art is already known here.”