A criminal case emanating from a video clip in which faded musician Mark Bugembe alias Buchaman and his group were seen assaulting another artiste hangs in balance after the victim allegedly declined to record a police statement.
Fred Giriya, popularly known by his stage name as Rocky Giant, was invited by the police to open a case of assault against the presidential envoy on ghetto affairs and his alleged accomplices but he reportedly told detectives he wasn’t interested in the government getting involved in the case.
Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire said Rocky Giant told detectives that he wants alternative justice where his fellow artistes, like Afrigo’s Joanita Kawalya, help reconcile him with Buchaman and his group.
“Detectives are finding it hard to pursue a case when the complainant is unwilling to cooperate with police. A complaint is very critical in prosecution in such criminal cases. Buchaman was interrogated and later released on police bond as we look for other ways of getting information,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Owoyesigyire said.
Recently, President Museveni said Buchaman was his advisor on lifting ghetto youth from poverty. Buchaman is now canvassing votes for President Museveni and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
In the video clip, Buchaman and his group dressed in military uniforms were seen beating up Rocky Giant for moving around the slums in Katwe claiming to be the rightful president of the ghetto.
Buchaman claims to be the president of Ghetto. Although that position has no legitimacy and value, it is used as a rallying point to control youth in slum areas for different causes, political and social being some of them.
Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine was the first to claim to be the Ghetto President and used the title to garner support for his music and later political ambitions.
In the video clip, Rocky Giant was seen pleading with the angry group to spare his life. Social media users were enraged by the impunity and demanded for the prosecution of the suspects, which prompted police to summon Buchaman, his wife Flare Nangaja, Abdu Kabanda and Isma Asaba.
All suspects recorded statements and were released on police bond on Thursday.
However, Tony Ssempijja, a music producer, was given the responsibility to organise a meeting in which the two parties will reconcile and give feedback to the team.