Zimbabwean musicians ExQ (Enock Munhenga) and Nutty O (Carrington Chiwadza) were last week arrested after allegedly presenting fake COVID-19 certificates at Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare after a tour of South Africa.
They had successfully passed through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with the allegedly fraudulent documents but authorities in Zimbabwe picked anomalies.
The incident occurred earlier in June, but the duo was only arrested on June 25 after investigations.
ExQ and Nutty O spent last weekend locked up and were released on June 28 on They spent the whole weekend behind bars, and were only released on bail of about US$60 apiece.
Through their lawyer Raymond Savanhu, the two argue that their COVID-19 certificates are authentic. The matter was remanded to July 19.
According to Statutory Instrument 136 of 2020, if found guilty the two can be jailed for up to one year.
As part of the travel protocols in Zimbabwe, those into the country must present a valid COVID-19 test taken under 72 hours or they will be forced to quarantine at their own cost.
Nutty O and ExQ are the latest Zimbabwean musicians to face off with law enforcement agencies within the context of COVID-19 regulation.
In January, popular dancehall disc jockeys Levels and Fantan were arrested and convicted of flouting regulations after playing a central part in a prohibited concert, which was classified as a super spreader event.
They were sentenced to 12 months behind bars but subsequently got a High Court reprieve.