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Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Daniela Atim Mayanja, the wife of Ugandan singer Joseph Mayanja better known as Chameleon, was on Monday afternoon  arraigned before court and charged with fighting in a public arena with a journalist. Daniella is said to have assaulted a radio presenter Isaac Katende of Dembe fm. Daniela, 28, appeared before Makindye Chief Magistrates Court and denied the charge leveled against her. Dressed in a bluish flowered dress, Daniela firmly denied the charge saying it is not true. She was granted a cash bail of $400 by Grade One Magistrate, Flavia Nabakooza Kalungi. Her two sureties were each asked to execute a non cash bond of $2,000. The sureties included; Kim Kibiringe, the an artist with Leone Island and Sam Mukasa, also an artist and the manager of Leone Islands, a music company owned by her husband and artist, Joseph Mayanja a.k.a Dr Chameleon. She was represented by Mr Emmanuel Wamimbi. The charge sheet states that Daniela and Katende, on December 2012, at Monitor Publications office in Industrial Area, 8th Street, Project Zone Wabigalo parish Makindye Division, Kampala, unlawfully took part in a fight in a public place. Court issued criminal summons for Mr Katende as he did not show up in court to enter plea. The matter was adjourned to February 28 for mention as investigations into the fight continue.  It was not mentioned in the charge sheet why the two engaged in a fight. A source who preferred to speak anonymously says that the fight originated from a disagreement between the journalist and Daniela. The source claims that Katende reportedly called Ms Daniela and informed her of his intention to run a ‘dirty’ article about her and a fight ensued. By press time, Ms Daniela was still in the court cells as the friends and relatives went to the bank to pay up before she could be released officially.

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