Before the High Court in Kampala, South African-based Zaina Namuwonge, who also trades as Sezana Promotions, claims that, in 2015, she made a Shs25 million down payment to Chameleone after entering into agreement for the singer to hold a three-day concert dubbed, ‘Wale-Wale’ in Pretoria, Cape town and Durban, in South Africa.
Singer Joseph Mayanja has sensationally told court that he neither entered into any agreement with nor received any payment from a South African-based music promoter who has sued him over breach of contract.
Zaina Namuwonge, who also trades as Sezana Promotions, in January, sued Joseph Mayanya, aka Jose Chameleone, seeking to recover UGX53 million that she claimed she lost when the singer accept payment to perform at three concerts in South Africa but did not honour his end of the bargain.
In suit number 31 of 2018 before the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala, Namuwonge claims that, in 2015, she made a UGX25 million down payment to Chameleone after entering into agreement with the singer to hold a three-day concert dubbed, ‘Wale-Wale,’ in Pretoria, Cape town and Durban, all cities in South Africa.
The CEO East Africa in January obtained two copies of receipts by Chameleone’s Leone Island confirming payments made by Namuwonge in June and September 2015. The copies of the receipts were filed as evidence before the court.
However, like a typical chameleon, the human version of the animal has showed his other colour that Namuwonge had probably not expected, filing his defence at the High Court civil division on Tuesday to the effect that he did not enter into any agreement with the promoter to perform in South Africa.
Through his lawyers, Katende Ssempebwa & Co Advocates, Chameleone contends that the receipts filed as part of evidence in the suit were signed and issued by a one Robert Jackson Nkuke, alias Mutiima, “who was neither chameleone’s manager nor employee at that time.”
“That upon scrutinising the receipts attached to the plaint, the defendant notes that they were signed and issued by a one Nkuke Robert Jackson alias Mutiima was no longer his manager nor his employee his services having been terminated,” the singer’s affidavit reads in part.
Chameleone told the court that he categorically made it clear to the public around that time (2015) through the print media that Mutiima was no longer his manager nor his employee and that he was not authorised to transact on his behalf.
Among the print media that published the said announcement of his non-dealership with Mutiima, Chameleone cited The New Vision, Bukedde and Daily Monitor newspapers. He said the announcement categorically indicated that anyone who dealt with Mutiima did so at their own volition and risk.
This website could not immediately certify the veracity of Chameleone’s claims as the singer did not indicate the specifics of the newspaper editions in his affidavit.
Chameleone told the court that he did not receive any payment from the promoter he claims acted illegally on his behalf and that he was not responsible for the posters referred to nor did he receive any money for processing emergency passports and visa fees as alleged.
Namuwonge, in her affidavit, told the court that she advanced UGX12.5 million to Chameleone after the singer convinced her that him and his crew needed to obtain emergency passports and visas having lost their travel documents. She also claimed to have made hotel reservations for the singer and his crew.
Numuwonge claims that towards the due date of the concerts, she further paid more than Shs1m at the request of the defendant to enable him and his entire crew process emergency passports after the said documents had allegedly been stolen.
Namuwonge is represented by Lukwago and Company Advocates in the case that will be heard by Justice Margaret Wolayo.