17 January 2013

Uganda: Police Denies 'Protecting' Chameleone

Photo: Jose Chameleone/Facebook
Jose Chameleone

The police has denied reports that it is developing cold feet in pursuing a murder case against one of Uganda's top musicians, Jose Chameleone.

It is alleged that a one Robert Karamagi was set ablaze under unclear circumstances at the singer's home in Seguku, along Entebbe road.

The Karamagi, 27, later died from injuries at Mulago hospital. Whereas Daniela Atim, wife to Chameleone, claims that a 'doused' Karamagi accidently set himself ablaze while attempting to harm her and her family, relatives of the deceased say his death was premeditated because his hands were first tied and then set ablaze by Chameleone and his associates.

Karamagi's family is asking why, since the incident in December, Chameleone has only recorded statements with the police, without any being charged. They contend that Chameleone is a friend to the Crime Intelligence Officer at Kajjansi police station where the case was recorded hence naturally compromising on the case.

However the police says Chameleone was the first to report a case of criminal trespass at Kajjansi police station before relatives of the deceased reported a murder case.

"We opened up a General Enquiry File (GEF) to that effect. Both files were taken over by the Regional Police Commander, based in Katwe... investigations were completed by the Region.We have assembled both files and sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for perusal and legal advice and are waiting for his advice", says a police statement.

The statement further reads "The question of our officer being a fan of Jose does not arise as; the files are no longer in the hands of Kajjansi Police but the Regional Police Commander. We what to assure the general public that in Uganda Police we do not favor or fear any one while carrying out our duties. Whether, one is of a high class or low class. The Constitution mandates us to serve everybody equally. When Chameleon's file comes back from the DPP that he should be arrested, we shall do that without hesitation."

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