Ugandan star Jose Chameleone could be arrested by Ugandan police for failing to settle a Kshs300,000 debt owed to a Kampala mechanic.
The mechanic came out to publicly accuse the musician of failing to pay the debt amounting to Kshs305,000. The debt accrued after he repaired the musician’s Escalade car.
Speaking to Spark TV, the mechanic who works at Kasim Auto Spares in Kampala said it has been almost three months since he repaired Chameleon’s vehicle.
He revealed how he has been trying to get his dues back but the musician has been very evasive. He has decided to go public and try to get what is rightfully his.
“I installed a new gearbox, brake fluid, computer and programming, front hub and bearings, fuel nozzles, plugs, tyre repairing and of course labour charges,” the mechanic said.
He added that the flashy musician left a dilapidated Subaru as collateral for the Ush11million debt.
“The Subaru is in very poor condition, lacks an engine and even of sold would not fetch USh3 million (about Sh80,000),” he said.
The mechanic said he has reported the matter at Katwe Police Station.
Chameleone, whose real name Joseph Mayanja, is considered a man of means owing to his flashy lifestyle and his prominence in the music industry. He is considered one of the biggest and most influential musicians in East Africa. He started his music career in Kenya before going back to Kampala and his career took off.
Chameleone has joined Eddy Kenzo and Bobi Wine in joining elective politics Uganda. He has announced that he will be vying for the Kampala Lord Mayor seat during the country’s next general elections in 2021.
Bobi Wine leads the musicians-turned-politicians pack having joined parliament in a by-election two years ago. He is the leader of the Peoples Movement that has been agitating for the removal of long-serving Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.