The latest info coming in indicates that Nigerian Singer Omah Lay has been arrested by Katwe Police in connection to a concert he performed from last night in Kampala. According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire, Omah Lay has been arrested with Ivan Ddungu, the venue’s manager as well as event organizer and Manager, Prim Kasana.
Omah Lay has been trending since last night as Ugandan entertainers wonder how the police allowed the concert to happen yet they have been starving since March and cannot hold any shows in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Omah Lay, who was booked to perform in Kampala alongside fellow Nigeria songbird Tems is now in police custody for breaking COVID-19 guidelines.
Below is the official statement from Police regarding the arrest;
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.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.
It is alleged that the organizers of the show disguised that it as lunch and dinner event, but later on at night they started inviting artistes to perform.The suspects are detained at Katwe Police Station and are being charged with doing acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease, which is corona virus.On the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, the president directed that music concerts should be stopped and the directives still stands.
We condemn the act of some selfish individuals, who are bent on violating the directives on CONVID-19 to make money and risks the lives of many Ugandans.We appeal to members of the public to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 and follow all the SOPs.
SP Patrick Onyango