Why Chameleone isn’t yet in the clear over Uber driver assault
Although Chameleone appears to have made up with the Uber driver, the law says only the DPP can sanction a criminal case to be settled out of court
COURT – Singer Joseph Mayanja, aka Dr Chameleone, still faces assault charges after allegedly beating up a Uber driver following a disagreement on fares, Crime24 understands.
On Tuesday evening, Chameleone posted a picture of himself and Daniel Magoba, the taxi driver, implying in a curse that the matter had been fanned by his ‘haters.’
“With my latest Uber friend and fan, Daniel Magoba. May the 10 plagues of Egypt strike all haters who fuel and blow small things out of proportion,” the singer said.
By claiming that the incident was merely blown out of proportion and taking a photo with his accuser and calling him a “new fan,” Chameleone invariably implies that there is no case between them, says Crime24 court reporter Jens Mukiibi.
“But that is not the true picture as a criminal offence like assault, once a case has been filed, can only be sanctioned for out of court settlement by the Director of Public Prosecution,” Mukibi said.
It is not yet clear if Magoba later dropped the case against Chameleone, but Police confirmed the he had reported a case of assault at Lubowa Police Station.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said the victim arrived at Lubowa Police Station to lodge the case in ‘bad shape’ and was referred to hospital for medical treatment before coming back to record his statement.
Cases of assault vide SD03/24/07/2018 of Lubowa police station has been opened against the self-styled singing doctor.
Chameleone is said to have hired Magoba, a resident of Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb, after an outing at one of the top city hangouts. he was headed to his Sseguku home on Entebbe road.
But Magoba, who had picked up the singer and his crew from Bubbles on Acacia Avenue in Kololo, is said to have been roughed up as the singer’s bouncers looked on after he demanded his fares.
The alleged assault happened on Monday.
The victim claims the assault inflicted on him body injuries, leaving him bleeding.