Yesterday evening, Nigerian artists Tems and Omah Lay were arrested after performing at a brunch organized by Kasana events on Saturday at Dungu resort in Munyonyo.
The brunch had hundreds of people who were visibly neither wearing masks nor social distancing. The organizers of the event and the owners of the resort were arrested together with the artists over partaking in negligence acts likely to spread an infectious disease.
These were arraigned before court today but Police later issued a brief statement indicating that “plans to release them on police bond were suspended after their casefile was sanctioned by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
Tems and Omah Lay have been remanded to Kigo prison and Kitalya prison respectively until they appear in court on Wednesday December 16, 2020.
Nigerian artists including Burna Boy, Teni, Maleek Berry, Olamide, Joeboy have since joined the hashtag campaigns #FreeOmahLay and #FreeTems on social media asking the Ugandan government to free their fellow artists.
The hashtags are trending on social media, something that has sparked worry among concerned Ugandans that this might affect the MTV Base Africa Music Awards that are slated to take place next year in Kampala.