KAMPALA – The Uganda Police Force has succumbed to pressure from mainly local artistes and arrested Nigerian Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay for breaching Covid-19 guidelines.
According to Mr Patrick Onyango, the spokesperson for the Kampala Metropolitan Police, Omah has been arrested by Katwe police, together with the manager of the venue where he performed from last night; Dungu Ivan and the Events manager Prim Kasana.
“Three people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City.
Those arrested are Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, Omah Lay the musician and Prim Kasana, Events Manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.”
Onyango said Police is also looking for the area Officer in Charge of Police Station for failure to detect the criminal acts that took place in his area of jurisdiction.
He added that the organizers of the show allegedly duped the force claiming it was a lunch and dinner event, but later on at night started inviting artistes to perform.
Mr Onyango said the suspects were being detained at Katwe Police Station and were being charged with doing acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease, which is corona virus.
Omah’s arrest came hours after a number of Ugandan artistes 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.
“In all honesty and fairness how can you allow this concert to happen when you really know that you stopped your own artists to perform , closed all happening places in a disguise of protecting the masses from catching Covid-19.
I am gonna sue Uganda govt about this act because if it allowed this to happen when we the owners of the country are starving,” an excerpt from singer Gravity Omutujju’s long Facebook post reads.
“On the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Museveni directed that music concerts should be stopped and the directives still stand,” Mr Onyango said.