ENTERTAINMENT: Legendary musician Dr. Jose Chameleone real name Joseph Mayanja has spoken out about his decision to denounce the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) to rejoin the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) a party he quit a while ago.
Chameleone who had met with NRM party officials over the weekend revealed that he denounced Bobi Wine’s NUP for treating him like trash in the previous elections.
At the party which was organised by President Museveni’s brother Michael Nuwagira Kaguta alias Toyota, Mayanja publicly claimed that he was still a member of the ruling NRM and had just returned to his long life party as a ‘prodigal son’.
“I am still your family. I have never left NRM. If you doubt that, put up your cameras and record me. I am still NRM,” Chameleone said on weekend in a video. “I was a prodigal son,” he added.
The Badilisha singer was then gifted a brand new range rover sport vehicle of the UBJ series, leaving netizens in shock.
However, while appearing on NBS Uncut’s show, Jose Chameleone fired back at critics questioning his decision to quit NUP and explained that he was treated like trash in the last elections to the extent of struggling to run his campaigns for Kampala Lord Mayor with no support.
“My issues with the MP [Robert Kyagulanyi] are too long. A Ugandan who is conscious and fair is aware that I joined NUP so that we are able to fight for the rights and freedom of our people. So I decided to join Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to fight for people but what I went through during that time Ugandans should be aware of,” he said.
Mayanja explained that what hurts him most is that Kyagulanyi whom he regarded as a friend for many years could not even make time to meet him.
“When Hon Latif Ssebagala declined to contest for lord mayor, I was denied a party ticket. That thing hurt me a lot. Don‘t blame me, do you want me to go where I am not loved?” he queried.
The singer also dashed allegations that the Ranger Rover car given to him by Toyota is what made him to denounce NUP.
Chameleone said, the car is a blessing, he embraces it and appreciates it, and for him what matters is the bond he has with the person who gifted it to him and that it has nothing to do with politics.