KAMPALA – A court in Uganda has charged seven people including two Nigerian artistes with engaging in a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease (COVID-19) and remanded them to prison.
The suspects include, Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, a 23-year-old Nigerian musician and resident of Lagos; Openyi Temilade, a 25 year-old Nigerian artist and resident of Lagos as well as their 28-year-old manager, Awonyi Muyiwa who is also a resident of Lagos.
Other suspects include Salima Kim, 31, resident of Kololo, Kampala; Ivan Ddungu, 41, resident of Kamwokya in Kampala; Philip Kasakye, 34-year-old events security coordinator and resident of Tula road, Kawempe Division, Kampala. They are charged alongside Benjamin Kabuura, a 30-year-old farmer and resident of Kololo, Kampala.
They appeared before Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court, in Kampala on Monday.
Prosecution states that Kim, Ddungu, Kasakye, Kabuura, Omah, Muyiwa, Openyi and others still at large n December 12, 2020 at Ddungu Resort Mulungo Munyonyo, Makindye Division in Kampala District, held a music concert where a Nigerian musician performed and over 200 people gathered without observing the ministry of health guidelines, an act liely to cause the spread of an infectious disease (Covid-19) Contrary to section 171 of the Penal Code Act.
They attempted to apply for bail but were unsuccessful due to failure of presenting substantial sureties.
Mr Judi Okumi, the presiding magistrate said: “You have a right to bail but your sureties are not substantial. Go and first prepare. However, you’re remanded until December 16.”
Tamilade and Salima were remanded to Kigo prison while the other five suspects were remanded to Kitalya prison until December 16, 2020 when they will appear before High Court through video conferencing.
Police arrested the suspects on Sunday in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held Saturday night in Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala Capital City.