Police in Kampala have started investigations into music legend, Joseph Mayanja a.k.a Jose Chameleone for caning a Boda Boda rider who allegedly scratched his flashy ride, a Range Rover Autobiography.
In a viral video , Chameleone is seen flogging an unidentified Boda guy who is trying to fight back, only for him to be strained by the singer’s bodyguard. All this happens as fellow Boda Boda riders are looking on.
Speaking in an interview conducted by Muzzinyi, Nalule Aminah, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said that the singer’s actions were wrong and that he should be punished for beating the rider.
“As Police, we condemn the act and we have taken it as a serious matter because a musician has to be an example to other people by showing good manners. Even though the Boda man has not reached out to us to file the case, we have already ordered the OC of that area where the incident happened to look for the rider and also record the witnesses’ statements,” said Onyango.
According to his PRO, Stuart Kagolo the incident happened last year as Chameleone branched off to his residence in Sseguku. Stuart blames the rider for the mess. He insists that Chameleone acted in self defense.
“On the morning of Thursday 17th November 2022 an uncomfortable incident involving a Boda Boda rider and Jose Chameleone escalated as Chameleone was driving back to his home in Seguku where a reckless rider rammed into his Range Rover leaving the left side of it scratched.
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Chameleone could have ignored the incident if not for the verbal insults and threats to physical assault that came from the rider. The seen incident was in self defence as the charged Boda boda rider tried to approach. The incident is regrettable and could have been avoided. Similar incidents will be handled better going forward,” Stuart noted.
He wondered about the timing of the video which is released weeks into Chameleone’s widely anticipated “Gwanga Mujje” concert due on February 10, at Lugogo Cricket Oval, saying it could be the work of detractors to destabilize the singer’s focus ahead of his first major show in three years.
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