Police in Blantyre have arrested comedian Andrea Thunyiwa, aka ‘Mr Jokes’ and three accomplices in the central business district where he was selling CDs while wooing customers using a Public Address (PA) System.
The tendency of selling CD or DVD productions by artists along the streets or outside major chain stores among other public places has been condemned by authorities saying it is against the law and that it among others, disrupts public attention.
Police confirmed the arrest adding that ‘Mr. Jokes’, 31 , was arrested around Nandos along with three accomplices; Lovemore Mandande aged 29, Justin Leviyo aged 23 and Andrew Nedi aged 31.
They face a charge of ‘causing common nuisance’ which attracts a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment with harbour if one fails to pay the fine imposed by Courts
It is said that Mr. Jokes and his team were earlier in the afternoon of February 17. 2015 warned against the rowdy behaviour but they just reduced the volume of their sound system in the presence of the police they complied only to increase the volume later and when caught in the act there were no negotiations.
Last week the Blantyre City Council warned (BCC) warned musicians and artists to desist from rowdy promotions along the streets saying the law does not allow that hence can be arrested and the 31-year old Mr. Jokes, known for cracking jokes at public functions, buses and television stations, becomes the first to be nabbed after the warning.
“The conduct by some artists of going around the city making noise is not welcome as it is against the Council’s By-Laws. Artists have to be selling in designated places only,” said BCC Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda, stressing that as the exercise of re-allocating vendors continue artists also have to reallocate to designated places otherwise the law would not spare them.
.Andrew Mayawo from the Blantyre Police Public Realtions officer said that except for Nedi who is from Blantyre the rest are from Thyolo, and that they will appear before the court of law soon.