With a corrupted and fixated mindset that Singer Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleon is solely responsible for the death of his son Robert Karamagi over 11 years ago, Maj Benedict Kyamanywa will stop at nothing in a quest to pin the man that he thinks prematurely ended his son’s life. This stance, even though preliminary investigations have said otherwise.
To him, the culprit has continuously evaded justice through alleged usage of his influential stardom to run away from ‘justice’. Maj. Kyamanywa, for a record third time, has reignited his interest in the issue by once again petitioning the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to reopen the ugly murder case. He has directed his instruction through lawyers of Nalukoola Advocates and Solicitors, and Ochieng Associated Advocates and Solicitors.
In a letter dated April 27th, the lawyers note that they have on several occasions written to the office of the DPP in respect of the case. The lawyers further stress that over half a decade ago, the DPP’s predecessors promised to have the matter investigated afresh and assured members of the public to handle the same to its logical conclusion, but the same is yet to pass.
“He [DPP] pledged to allow the father of the deceased an opportunity to give police further evidence for consideration and have the file sanctioned,” the letter reads in part. However, Justice Mike Chibita, then DPP in 2015 ordered the police to reopen the murder case file over allegations by Maj. Kyamanywa. This is after the case had reportedly, been prematurely closed without apprehending the suspects.
At his insistence that he would provide police with fresh evidence for consideration, they believe the file could be sanctioned. But this hit a dead end which then resulted into another redress voyage on 30th November 2016, to the DPP, complaining about the mishandling of the murder case.
Relatedly, on 10th January 2017, the same lawyers requested the DPP to allow them Co- investigate the case. This, in preparation of the same for prosecution and or in alternative, to allow their client to engage private investigators and institute private proceedings. And it’s upon the latter`s efforts that has resulted into this fresh petition.
The case has it alleged that Robert Karamagi, 27, on Boxing Day of 2012, was undressed, had his hands tied with a rope, and doused with aviation fuel before being set ablaze at Chameleon’s’ home in Sseguku, a Kampala suburb along Entebbe Road. This development, under suspicion of Karamagi being a thief. However, neighbors privy with Chameleon`s compound told reporters that the said Karamagi, was not an alien at the home, owing to allegations that he was a frequent ‘visitor’ who physically vended second hand clothing to his clients at their residences.
It is alleged that the singer’s wife, Daniella Atim Mayanja, was one of Karamagi`s ardent customers. There was also an assertion that the same Karamagi, was a casual laborer who often plied his shamba boy duties at the residence and that the singer was comfortable with his closeness to his wife. In the heat of the moment of the inquest, the unsettled family, moved out of the haunted Residence and moved to a new home in the Akright estate.
Daniella would later, also eventually relocate with their children to the United States of America, where they have since lived with others still claiming that she was contemplating a divorce. Chameleon, in the recent past seemed to have beaten the odds to the Karamagi murder issue and had now resolved to revamp his rich musical career.
Indeed a few months ago, he held a sold-out concert at the Lugogo Cricket Oval grounds billed as ‘Gwanga Mujje’. He has also been busy in studio with follow-up songs after his mammoth and well-received ‘Forever’ song. His latest is ‘Salawo’ a collaboration with fellow singer David Lutalo. The entertainment fraternity now is living into the edge as they await the response of the DPP into the tricky matter.
- Mr. Jacko David Waluluka is another unique entertainment and general investigative news writer, a field he has diligently covered for over fifteen years. He’s also the Chief Administrator at The Investigator. He can easily be reached via [email protected]
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