The NUP party presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine has been very critical of the harsh treatment of the Nigerian youngsters; Tems and Omah Ley who on Monday were handcuffed and downgraded in Ugandan courts as they were charged with flouting covid guidelines.
Moments after the two artistes were remanded to Kitalya and Kigo prisons, Bobi Wine notified his legal team to make a follow up on the case. He dispatched the NUP lawyer Anthony Wameli and directed him to process the release order of the two Nigerian nationals. This was in the midst of a cold war between Nigerian celebrities versus the Uganda police and NRM leaning musicians on Twitter. Bobi Wine, a musician turned politician who has been off stage for over 2 years knows the pain of what it means to be away from a career that reaped him a fortune but unlike the rest of the artistes who have been off stage for just this covid season, Bobi Wine did not lambast Omah Ley and Tems. The popstar instead attached blame at the regime for exhibiting double standards and mistreating a foreign national using the already weaponised Covid laws. With the pressure heaping up on the Ugandan government, Omah Ley and Tems were on Tuesday evening released unconditionally after diplomatic intervention by the Nigerian high commission in Kampala. The 2 artistes were out of the country by the time we filed this report.
Bobi Wine on Tuesday;
This morning I instructed my lawyers, Wameli & Company Advocates to join any other lawyers in representing Nigerian Artiste Omah Lay and others who in our view were being unfairly held over a show they held on the weekend, having obtained all permissions from the authorities. The lawyers duly filed the notice of instructions with the Court.
It has now been brought to our attention that charges against Omah Lay and Tems have been dropped. Clear evidence that pressure works; that voices matter; that PEOPLE POWER can force the PEOPLE IN POWER to act. We must never undermine our potential as a people, and this should be a lesson to us, not only to speak out when it is convenient. All of us must call out injustice whenever we see it.
I have noted that other Ugandans who had been charged with Omah Lay have not had their charges dropped. I am requesting our lawyers to continue demanding for their release too.