National Politics

Lukwago rushes to court to block pending arrest and jail

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has run to the High Court seeking protection from a jail term or Shs50m penalty after a suspect he stood surety for vanished.

In his application, Mr Lukwago states that his woes started when Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court released a passport to Ms Sandra Katebareirwe, the suspect he stood surety for. Ms Katebareirwe, the wife of pastor Happy Ntabo, was in 2017 charged before Buganda Road Court with obtaining money by false pretence, forgery and presenting false documents. Pastor Ngabo was the pastor who used to lead FDC’s now banned National prayers back in 2016.

The prosecution alleges that Ms Katebareirwe on July 8, 2016 at Rwenzori Towers in Kampala with others still at large, defrauded Wu-WeiLing of Mama Mia Investments of $68,530 (Shs251m) under pretence that she would rent him space at Imperial Botanical Shopping Mall in Kampala. She denied the charges and was granted bail but was ordered to deposit her passport in court. However, later Ms Katebareirwe got her passport back from court and travelled abroad but she has since jumped bail.

Mr Lukwago pleads that it was unfair for court to order him to produce Ms Katebareirwe in his capacity as a surety within six months or forfeit Shs50m to government yet court did not inquire from him whether he would continue standing surety for the accused and monitor her while she was out of the country before it released the passport to her to travel abroad.

“As a practising advocate, I believe that the Chief Magistrate exercised jurisdiction vested in her illegally when court proceeded to release the accused’s passport to enable her travel abroad without my knowledge as one of the persons who stood surety for the accused person,” Mr Lukwago states in his application before court.

He adds: “The trial Chief Magistrate ought to have notified me before releasing the accused person’s passport and inquire from me whether I was ready to continue standing surety for the accused person under the revised bail conditions or terms.”

Lukwago wants High Court judge Yasin Nyanzi to set aside the orders of Buganda Road Court and discharge him from the revised conditions and terms for Ms Katebareirwe’s bail. He says it will be gross injustice if the court orders are enforced against him to pay Shs50m or be sent to jail. Justice Nyanzi has set October 15 for the hearing of Lukwago’s application.

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DP chief mobilizer Dr Jose Chameleon hideout revealed

The moment Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone was unveiled as a member of the Democratic Party (DP) In July this year, the party president, general, Nobert Mao declared him the chief mobiliser of the party.

Chameleone together with his brothers; Pius Mayanja aka Pallaso and Douglas Mayanja were unveiled at Nsambya Youth Sharing Hall as DP launched a fresh recruitment drive.

However, Chameleone has since gone silent despite promising DP to recruit one million new party supporters. This has left many wondering whether he was backtracking on his promise to help in rejuvenating DP.

Addressing journalists at a weekly party press conference in Kampala on Wednesday, Michael Mabikke one of the principals of the DP bloc clarified that Chameleone was still committed to DP and the cause for regime change.

“He has been out of the country for the last two months for private business in the United States and Canada as a musician and will be returning on September 11, 2019.

As the chief mobiliser in the office of the party president he has planned a robust mobilization programme to woo more members to the party when he returns,” he said.

DP has since dismissed claims by social media that the singer joined DP as a mole with the agenda of undermining the party and entire opposition.

“How come that those that are not moles have failed to drive Museveni out of power? We shall not pay attention to such talk,” Mao remarked while announcing Chameleone as the chief mobilizer.

A few months back Chameleone apologized to the DP fraternity for featuring in President Yoweri Museveni and National Resistance Movement (NRM)’S 2016 campaign hit “Tubonga Nawe”.

Chameleone explained that the Museveni campaign team had contacted him as a service provider rather than a supporter.

Since joining the party, Chameleone has addressed the weekly party conference in his capacity as the chief party mobiliser just once.

Mabikke revealed that the party is ongoing with its mobilization efforts in preparation for the 2021 general elections.

“Currently party leaders are meeting Bunyoro leaders and mobilisers in Hoima district as part of the ongoing consultations in the proposed amendments in the party constitution ahead of the delegates’ conference,” he said.

National Politics

Chameleone receives international endorsement a head of 2021

Afro beat Music Champion in East and Central Africa Leone Island director Joseph Mayanja known by his stage name Jose Chameleon who turned into a politician recently after officially joining Uganda’s oldest Political Party The Democratic Party (DP) has been Awarded for his out standing role in promoting Africa Art through Music Info256 Reports.

Jose Chameleon received the Award today during the “African Descent Festival” Vancouver in Canada. Where the Festival had great presentation and discussion on issues that develop society by the use of Art.

“I was honored with the African Descent ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for my contribution and Positive impact on African Music.” Jose Chameleon said immediately after receiving the Award.

“Today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday we are on for the practicals at Thornton Park, 1166, Main street, Vancouver from 10am-8pm.” Chameleon added.

The African Descent “ Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to Jose Chameleon.

Mr. Chameleon declared recently interest to unseat Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago come 2021 . And after the Singer joined DP officially he has received massive support from DP leadership headed by president Norbert Moa who accuses Mr. Lukwago for leaning on Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.