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Musician Omah Lay, Promoter Kasana Arrested in Munyonyo Concert Scandal

At least 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.

Ugandans were shocked after it emerged that a music concert had been held in Munyonyo at a time the country is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virus has so far claimed 221 lives with authorities enforcing curfew and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango said the law enforcement “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.”

He said the organizers of the show “disguised it as lunch and dinner event, but later on at night they started inviting artistes to perform.”

According to promotional materials circulated on social media, the music enthusiasts converged at Speke Resort Munyonyo before proceeding to Dungu for the festival.

Promotional materials showing fans would meet at Speke Resort before proceeding to Dungu

Pictures and videos from the event show hundreds of revelers, most of whom were neither wearing masks nor social distancing partying till late.

Onyango said 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.

The suspects being held at Katwe Police station

Uganda Musicians Association has since expressed outrage over the incident.

“We condemn actions of discrimination by Uganda Police and the organizer of Big Brunch a musical stage show that took place on 12th December …” said the association.

They said Government has since March had “our industry on lockdown and yet our biggest chunk of incomes is gotten from shows…. the selective action has left many of our members disturbed and anxious. We demand that our sector is opened henceforth.”

Police said on the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, the president directed that music concerts should be stopped and the directives still stands.

Musicians have condemned the concert held amid the Coronavirus pandemic

“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,” said Onyango.

“We appeal to members of the public to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 and follow all the SOPs.”

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