KAMPALA – Police in Uganda says nine people have so far been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held Saturday night in Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala Capital City.
Those arrested are Nigerian artistes Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay and Temilade Openyi alias Tems, as well Muyiwa Awomiyi (Temilade’s manager),
Others are Benjamin Kabura (organiser), Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, and Prim Kasana, the event manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.
According to Mr Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, police officers L/AIP Fabiano Juma, No.51328 PC John Bosco Ocaba and No.67898 PC Paul Odongo have also been arrested.
He said “the suspects are being held on offence of doing acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease, which is Corona virus.”
The nine were arrested hours after a number of Ugandans including artistes and politicians had loudly come out to show their displeasure over what they termed as un fairness and unleveled ground.
They took to their social media handles and wondered why the government had continued locking down her own since March but a foreigner to perform before a huge crowd.
It is alleged that the organizers of the concert first held lunch and dinner events, but later on at night they started inviting artistes to perform.
Mr Onyango said preliminary investigations have indicated that they(the suspects and others still at large) connived with area police officers, who guarded the illegal event.
“The arrested officers and three others still at large are also being investigated for disobeying lawful orders,” Onyango said.
He revealed that all the suspects are detained at Katwe Police Station in Kampala as their files are being processed so that they can appear in court.
After the outbreak of Corona virus in the country, the Ministry of Health issued guidelines suspending concerts attended by revellers in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus. And this, Mr Onyango said still stands.