Lady Maureen released from prison after RMS pays bail


Lady Maureen released from prison after RMS pays bail

In Summary

  • The Ohangla musician who arrived back in Kenya on Friday told Radio Ramogi that her and her band would have served one year jail term if it were not for the intervention of Royal Media Services.
  • Radio Ramogi and Viusasa contributed Tsh.4.2 million (Ksh. 186,104) to bail out Lady Maureen and her team.
  • She said the Tanzanian court charged them for allegedly being in the country illegally and fined fourteen of them Ksh.35,000 each or a one year jail term.

Flamboyant Luo Ohangala musician Maureen Achieng alias Lady Maureen has been released from a Tanzanian prison after Royal Media Services paid her bail.

The Ohangla musician who arrived back in Kenya on Friday told Radio Ramogi that together with her band, they would have served a one-year jail term were it not for the intervention of the media company.

Radio Ramogi and Viusasa contributed Tsh.4.2 million (Ksh. 186,104) to bail out Lady Maureen and her team.

She said the Tanzanian court charged them for allegedly being in the country illegally and fined 14 of them Ksh.35,000 each or a one-year jail term.

According to her, their ordeal was caused by their promoter in Tanzania whom she identified as Liz.

She claims Liz collected their temporary passports for signing by the Tanzanian immigration but failed to go through the required procedure in an attempt to evade tax.

She said they had performed for two days, April 1-2, as agreed by the promoter and they were in their rooms resting when police officers arrested them and took them to the station.

The Ohangla musician narrated how the experience in the Tanzanian prison horrified her.

“I thought it was the end of my music career because the band had already been slapped with one year jail term.

“We were being woken up every day at 4am like any other prisoner to do casual work; my worst experience as a musician,” she told Radio Ramogi.

Despite being out of prison, Lady Maureen said she is still anxious because six of her team members are yet to be released.

She said even though their bail has been posted, they will be released on Monday after operations at the prison resume since they don’t work over the weekend.

The musician criticised Kenyan politicians claiming that she has performed for some of them several times but none came to her aid when she needed them.

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