Comedians in trouble for donning police uniforms at wedding

17Aug 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Comedians in trouble for donning police uniforms at wedding

POLICE have vowed to take legal action against a popular comedy ensemble ‘Original Comedy’ for impersonating police officers.

The group had last weekend dressed as police officials during a wedding reception for one of their members, Emmanuel Mgaya whose alter ego is commonly referred to as ‘Masanja’.

Consequently, police spokesperson, Advera John Bulimba, yesterday released a statement cautioning people against donning military fatigues or attire impersonating members of the armed forces, including the police.

In the statement the police spokesperson cautioned against the increasing trend of people wearing uniforms of the armed forces contrary to the country’s laws.

She said that the Penal Code as revised in 2002, Cap 16 Section 178 (1) clearly stipulates that any person who, not being a person serving in the Armed Forces of the United Republic or in any police force established by law,

wears without the permission of the President the uniform of any of those forces or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniform is guilty of misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for one month or to a fine of two hundred shillings.

Section (2) states that any person who unlawfully wears the uniform of any of the forces aforesaid, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of any such uniform,

in such a manner or in such circumstances as to be likely to bring contempt on that uniform,

or employs any other person so to wear such uniform or dress, is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for three months or to a fine of four hundred shillings.

“Following the decision by the comedy ensemble to pull such an act of impersonating police officers in a wedding, the Dar es Salaam Police Special Zone will take legal action against the said artists,” she added.

She also called on people who are in possession of uniforms of the armed forces and security services without authority to surrender them to the police.