Nigerian musicians, Omah Lay and Ms Tems, have been arrested by officers of the Uganda police in Kampala for flouting covid-19 guidelines.
They were arrested shortly after their performance on Saturday night at The Big Brunch, a concert that held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno Rd, Kampala.
Luk Owoyesigyire, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police, confirmed their arrest on Twitter on Sunday.
Mr Owoyesigyire also announced that Dungu Ivan, the manager of the venue where the musicians performed, and the events manager, Prim Kasana were also in their custody.
Ms Tems’s manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi, was also arrested.
Others are police officers, L/AIP Fabiano Juma, No.51328 PC John Bosco Ocaba, and No.67898 PC Paul Odongo, the area officer in charge of the police station.
The policemen were arrested for failing to detect the criminal acts that took place in his area of jurisdiction.
In their statement, the Ugandan police alleged that the organisers of the concert first held lunch and dinner events, but later on at night started inviting artistes to perform.
“All the suspects are detained at Katwe Police Station in Kampala as their files are being processed so that they can appear in court,” their statement partly read.
They also stated that the suspects are being charged with doing “acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease Covid-19”.
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Uganda, the country’s Ministry of Health issued guidelines suspending concerts attended by revellers in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
The guidelines still stand.
The show held at a time when political rallies of more than 200 people and churches in Uganda were restricted to 100 people.
Omah Lay is popular for his hits ‘You’, ‘Lolo’, ‘Damn’, ‘Bad influence’ and a lot more. Ms Tems, on the other hand, is behind the singles ‘Looku Looku’, ‘Mr. Rebel’, and the viral hit ‘Try Me’.