Angry President Yoweri Museveni diehard supporters are considering resurrecting Singer Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone’s murder case after he openly rallied support for opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
The pro Museveni members are seriously considering asking the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to conduct fresh investigations in the case.
On Friday, Luyimbazi Nalukoola and Evans Ochieng petitioned the DPP to allow them to join the team investigating the case in a bid to have Chameleon prosecuted.
“The purpose of this communication is to put forth the plight of this family and to request that you prevail over this matter and fresh investigations be carried out so as to ascertain the truth of the murder,” Nalukoola requested.
It is alleged that late Robert Karamagi was tortured and burnt at Chameleone’s residence in Seguku, off Entebbe road on December 27, 2012.
Over the weekend while performing at an event in Masaka, Chameleone excited revelers when he revealed that he had supported Museveni in the 2016 elections for the money.
He went further to declare self-Vice President of Bobi Wine’s pressure group People Power.
This has clearly not gone well with Museveni and NRM supporters.
Apart from asking the DPP to conduct fresh investigations, the pro Museveni group is also considering asking the DPP to engage private investigators and institute private proceedings against Chameleone and his cronies.
Late Karamagi’s dad Maj. Benedicto Kyamanywa has over the years tried to resurrect the case but in vain.
Now the Museveni team wants to liaise with him to reopen the murder case against one of the country’s favorite musician.
“Clearly someone compromised all the detectives who were deployed to investigate the case in order to suffocate it and to ensure justice is not done,” one is quoted.
“Chameleone needs to go slow, he has dirty laundry hidden, it is easy to pour it out there,” a Museveni fan said.
Before his death at Mulago hospital, Maj Kyamanywa said his son Karamagi told him that “I was tiedwith a rope and burnt with aviation fuel inside Chameleone’s home as I pleaded for mercy.”
The death of Karamagi was first reported at Katwe Police Station on reference no KMP/E/01/2013.
A few years ago, the DPP in consultation with investigators agreed to close the file after they analyzed the evidence on record and found it insufficient to sustain the allegations on murder. The decision was also communicated to the deceased’s relatives.
Chameleone’s family has always insisted that Karamagi burnt himself.
When the story first broke in 2013, the family claimed that Karamagi broke into Chameleone’s home on Boxing Day and died due to severe burns he sustained in the botched attack.
That he gained access to the singer’s home whose gate at the time was unmanned on Boxing Day.
The singer’s wife Daniella Mayanja narrated that she had just woken up and was in their bedroom when she heard movements in the sitting room. She said at first she thought pets they keep at home were the ones playing around but realized they were human movements.
She said at the time Chameleone was asleep as he had come in late after a hectic festive season schedule. She said she went to the sitting room and found a man whom she asked what he wanted. The man just turned and walked towards the door unbothered.
She said she then called Chameleon to come to the sitting room. As she waited for him she started grilling the man on what he was doing in their home. She said he then proceeded to collect a 5-litre jerrycan he had placed somewhere and tried to douse her in what turned out to be petrol.
However as fate would have it, the petrol instead spilled on him as Daniella stood transfixed. The man then retrieved a lighter which he had meant to torch her with, and proceeded to light it up.
The man instantly became a ball of fire and started writhing in pain and screaming for help. The Police were then called in and arrested the man who was later whisked to Mulago national referral hospital and admitted.