Nigerian Artistes Omah Lay, Tems remanded to Kitalya Prison for flouting Covid-19 guidelines

Nigerian Artistes Oma Lay born Omah Didia and Temilade Openiyi stage names Tems together with their manager have been remanded to Kitalya Prison for illegaly staging a musical concert in Uganda which flouts the Covid-19 guidelines.

The Nigerian trio Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi were charged on Monday at Makindye Magistrates Court.

They were charged with negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act.

Benjamin Kabura, Prim Kasana the organizers of this music show and Ivan Ddungu, the manager of Ddungu Resort have also been charged.

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.

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Their attempt to apply for bail failed on grounds that they did not present substantial sureties.

It should be noted that ever since the pandemic outbreak in Uganda in March, musical concerts, shows and outdoor gatherings were put on restriction under the directive of the Health Ministry to combat the spread of the noble coronavirus.

The development comes amid reports that health facilities in Uganda are grappling with the surging number of Covid-19 cases.

The ministry of health on Sunday confirmed 461 new virus infections as number of confirmed cases rose to 27,532.

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The ministry also said the virus deaths had reached 221 after another person succumbed to covid-19.

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