Police in Kampala have instituted inquiries into alleged indecent assault against Ugandan musician and dancer, Sheebah Karungi, days after she posted a video on her Instagram account making the claims.
Sheebah formally made her complaint on Tuesday (May 17, 2022) at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, according to police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga.
“During the interaction with the CID officers, Sheebah revealed the details and the individual who was involved and the related circumstances,” Mr Enanga said and added “In her complaint she clearly mentions the suspect and refutes the ongoing speculation in sections of the media that it was Andrew Mwenda.”
In view of the above, Mr Enanga said a team of detectives has commenced investigations into the case to ensure justice for the victim.
“We do thank Sheebah for taking the courage to report the matter and assure the public that as Uganda Police we take matters of Gender Based Violence seriously,” Mr Enanga said.
Mr Mwenda, a veteran journalist and businessman last Friday said he had asked his friend, the UPDF commander Land Forces and First Son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba to give the musician protection so that she can reveal the name of the person who allegedly molested her.
“I have talked to @mkainerugaba who has promised to call Sheebah and offer her all the protection she needs in case she is afraid that revealing the person who raped her would be risky. The singer now has no excuse to fear to collaborate with police to arrest this rapist!,” Mr Mwenda said in a tweet.
Mwenda further revealed that he had also talked to the director of CID who had agreed to open a case to find out the person who allegedly molested the Nkwata Bulungi singer.
“I have talked to the director of CID who has agreed to open a case to find out the person who allegedly raped singer Sheebah Karungi. Police are going to call her and ask her to reveal the offender. Sheebah is being disingenuous in hiding the true rapist as social media lynch me,” he said and added “ If Sheeba was either raped or sexually molested or violated in any way, the offender should he apprehended by police, taken to courts of law to face justice. She therefore has a duty to reveal this offender to the authorities so that justice can be served.”
This was after social media users started speculating about the alleged molester of Sheebah after she revealed that she had been molested at an event she did not name.
“I don’t care what you think about when you see me on stage or in any of my videos dressed the way I dress up, you better respect my body. It’s MINE, I get to do whatever I want to do with it. You don’t. You can watch but you certainly can’t touch,” she said.
“I had a show. I was performing for one of those people you respect and call real role models that pretend on TV to be good……This old pervert was trying to be funny with me in my car. He and his security just came and opened my car door as I was sleeping waiting to be called on stage by my manager. He was trying to be inappropriate in front of my team members; no shame, no remorse…I so angry that I almost didn’t perform but I respect my job,” she narrated the musician known for her skimpy dress code and sensual dance moves on stage and videos.
After social media speculations went viral, Mr Mwenda posted a statement on his wall and denied ever meeting the musician at any event.
“I find it strange that a woman of her stature can be violated in such a humiliating and painful experience and instead of reporting the offender to the police, she takes the matter onto social media. To gain what? Sympathy? Why not seek justice through the police and the courts? In any case she could have pursued both: sympathy in the public sphere and justice in the courts of law,” Mr Mwenda wrote.
Mr Mwenda said Sheebah’s silence made him believe that the ambiguity in the video was deliberate.
“The reason she does not mention the man who raped her, if it is not fiction, is that she wants the public to speculate about the rapist whom, given her claims involving SFC guards, would be a prominent person. Whichever person would become suspect would increase her social media profile as a desirable person by powerful men. This is sickening psychopathy,” he said.
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