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Court postpones Chameleone’s Shs53m case with music promoter to next year

Lawyer Nathan Mpenje together with the South African-based music promoter Zaina Muwonge after court. Photo by Juliet Kigongo

The case in which a local artist Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone is embroiled in a legal suit for breach of a contract in connection with failure to perform in South Africa has been postponed to next year.

A South African-based music promoter Ms Zaina Muwonge, who also trades as Sezana Promotions, sued Chameleone seeking to recover Shs53m after the artiste allegedly failed to perform at a concert for which he had been paid to.

However when the case came up today for hearing after all odds to have the matter settled out of court failing without the musician turning up, his (Chameleone) lawyer Mr John Mudde told court that his client had just came back from London.

“My client travelled back from London yesterday night and we have not been in position to acquire his statement and to that effect we are not ready to proceed with the case. We seek for an adjournment,” Mr Mudde told court.

Singer Jose Chameleone

Consequently the trial judge Henrietta Wolayo adjourned the matter to May 19, 2020.

Through her lawyer Mr Nathan Mpenje, Ms Muwonge claims that in 2015, she entered into a gentleman’s agreement with Chameleone, who agreed to perform at a concert titled ‘Wale Wale’ in South Africa on his terms and conditions.

According to court documents, Ms Muwonge claims she communicated to Chameleone about the concerts, which would take place in the cities of Durban, East London, Pretoria and Cape Town, respectively as indicated in the fliers that she printed in a bid to advertise.

“In fulfilment of my obligation, I went ahead and effected part payment of Shs15m to the defendant (Chameleone),” reads the suit, in part.

Ms Muwonge 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.

The court documents indicate that pursuant to the agreement and in fulfilment of her contractual obligation, she paid more than Shs11m for purposes of transporting the defendants and his crew to South Africa.

Ms Muwonge adds that she went ahead to book for hotels that would provide accommodation to Chameleone and his entire crew but to her utter shock, the singer switched -off his phone on the eve of his flight, making efforts to trace him futile.

She says that, however in 2016, Chameleone called her, apologising and promised to make up for the frustration he had caused her in 2015.

Ms Muwonge says in 2016, basing on Chamelelone’s promises, she planned for new concerts still in the three cities and went ahead to pay for hotels to accommodate the singer with his entire crew.

However, Muwonge contends that Chameleone, for the second time, played the same game and switched off his phone on the eve of his flight.

Ms Muwonge is seeking to recover her money and orders compelling Chameleone to pay her damages for breach of contract, damaged reputation and property, including chairs and banners.

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