News broke out on Sunday December 13, 2020 that Nigerian artistes, Omah Lay and Tems as well as her manager, Muyiwa Awoniyi had been arrested by Ugandan Police Force.
The Saturday night before, both artistes had performed at The Big Brunch, which held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno road, Kampala, Uganda. The news of Omah Lay and Tems being arrested was broken by Ugandan journalist, Canary Mugume after allegedly confirming from Luk Owoyesigyire, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police.
News today as reported by Naijawide and other credible sources confirms that both artistes have now been charged to court. Many fans have been wondering what could be their offence.
According to Pulse Nigeria, the arrest of both Nigerians is concerned with a breach of COVID-19-related restrictions, and the three of them face some dire consequences in East Africa.
Much has been made about the arrest, but the question on a lot of lips is, ‘Why have Omah Lay and Tems been arrested?’
Why have Omah Lay and Tems been charged?
Two tweets by the verified Twitter account of the Ugandan Police reveals that,
“The Nigerian trio of Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi have been charged to court in Makindye on charges of Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act.
“The earlier plans of releasing them on police bond, were suspended after their casefile was sanctioned by the Office of the DPP. They were jointly charged with four other Ugandans. All remanded till Wednesday 16.12.2020.”
Did Omah Lay and Tems commit an offence?
Until proven otherwise, Yes.
Section 171 of the Ugandan Penal Code 1950 provides that,
“Any person who unlawfully or negligently does any act which is and which he or she knows or has reason to believe to be likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.”
Arguments are going to state that Omah Lay and Tems were only artists and the organizers of the event should be held accountable and they are. In the press release of December 13, Bejamin Kubara, the organizer of the event, Ivan Ddungu, manager of the concert and Prim Kasana, the event centre manager were also arrested and charged.
The Ugandan government will likely argue that even though Omah Lay, Tems and Muyiwa Awoniyi didn’t organize the event, they are the main attraction of the event who should have also been cognizant of COVID-19 restrictions.
The impact of the COVID-19 has been severe in Uganda, leading to stringent rules.
SOURCE: Pulse Nigeria.