12 December 2012

Uganda: Businesswoman Arrested Over Stecia Mayanja's Burnt Car

A businesswoman who is being held responsible for the loss of Eagle's production singer Stecia Mayanja's car and other valuables has been arrested.

Rehema Munaaba, a businesswoman in Lugazi has been in hiding since October 7, 2012 when hooligans torched the singer's vehicle at Katosi where she had been hired to perform.

Munaaba, who hired Mayanja to perform on that day, fled when Mayanja demanded that she sticks to her end of the bargain and pays up her balance before she could perform.

Mayanja, together with band member Charles Ssekyewa demanded a balance of sh1m before they could perform.

However, as fate would have it, Munaaba failed to show up yet impatient revelers had already paid for the concert.

They then descended of Mayanja's car, vandalized it and torched it. They also torched another car that was being used as a service van.

During the chaos a policeman, Hassan Maluti, shot and killed a reveler, Paddy Ssenabulya, on spot.

The duo is now demanding sh100m from Munaaba as compensation for their property. Other property that was destroyed included a generator, music equipment, chairs, mattresses and drinks that were at the concert venue at Victoria Gardens.

Mayanja said she also lost expensive gadgets like an Ipad, two laptops and sh10m in cash. Munaaba's luck however ran out on Saturday when police arrested her.

Stecia (R) Munaaba (L) and Mutumba (M) during the intense negotiations

Mayanja said Munaaba, who is being held at UCU Police post in Mukono was being misguided by a lawyer who convinced her that she had no case to answer.

Stecia and the owner of the music equipment that was vandalized, Philly Mutumba, accented to a written agreement that Munaaba would pay them sh50m after lengthy negotiations.

Mutumba says his equipment was worth sh58m, Mayanja says her loss was valued at sh38m while the proprietor of Victoria Gardens is claiming sh4m.

Mayanja elaborated how conducting business since her loss has been difficult because she had to resume using bodabodas and hiring cars whenever she had to perform at a concert, plus important documents she lost on her laptops.

"When you experience what I went through you will appreciate my troubles. I no longer have private transport to my home. This woman has to pay because she is the cause of all my troubles," Mayanja said.

In the written agreement, Munaaba will pay sh50m starting April next year and the balance will be cleared in August.

The case is recorded under file number CRB3178/2012.

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