KAMPALA – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo has on Wednesday withdrawn charges against Nigerian artists who were on Sunday arrested for flouting Coronavirus guidelines when they performed at a concert held at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala on Saturday.
The trio of Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi was on Monday charged to court in Makindye of negligent acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act.
They were jointly charged with four other Ugandans and all remanded till Wednesday 16, 2020.
However, this left many wondering how the artists who had working permits issued by the government ended up being apprehended.
Following this, on Tuesday, the DPP wrote to the court, informing it that the government is no longer interested in the case.
“This is to inform court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to discontinue proceedings against Stanley Omah Didia, Temilade Openyi and Muyiwa Awomiyi charged with NEGLIGENT ACT LIKELY TO SPREAD INFECTION OF DISEASE,” said the DPP in a statement.
Omah and eight others were on Sunday arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held on Saturday night at Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala Capital City.
Others include police officers L/AIP Fabiano Juma, No.51328 PC John Bosco Ocaba and No.67898 PC Paul Odongo.
According to police, the artistes connived with area police officers, who guarded the illegal event.
We are yet to know the fate of the Ugandan arrested suspects in the same case.
It should be known that after the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, President Yoweri Museveni issued guidelines suspending concerts attended by revellers in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus.