Mukono Municipality MP Hon Betty Nambooze has dismissed Leone Island singing doctor Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone as a mere spy of the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM].
“For Chameleone to show us that he is serious, he stands for change not an NRM spy, let him use his talent to sing revolutionary songs,” Nambooze challenged.
She was commenting on Democratic Party’s reception of Chameleone as a full member at the Nsambya based Sharing Youth Centre.
She even suggested disciplinary action against DP President General Norbert Mao who made Chameleone his striker against Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in 2021 elections.
On his part, Lukwago welcomed Chameleone’s challenge and wished him good luck.
But Nambooze insisted Chameleone should sing about the bad acts of this Dictatorship Government, the injustice, corruption and bad rule just like his brother Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been doing to prove he is not a spy.
“But this system of just coming from nowhere because you want to make a name in politics is fake, we won’t take you serious.”
Nambooze added: “The reason why it was so easy for us to trust Bobi Wine, is because he has been singing about the injustice and change since he joined music. We want to see the same thing in Joseph Mayanja.”
In response, Christopher Okidi, DP National Youth Leader, reminded Nambooze that “what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.”
Okidi said before joining DP, Nambooze was a notorious NRM cadre who led a team of other NRM cadres that raided a Uganda Young Democrats meeting in a community hall in Mukono at a place Gulu in during Ssemwogerere’s 1996 Campaign for President.
They kicked and broke saucepans and destroyed the pilau prepared for participants of the meeting.
“Karma did not forget all these shortly as her appetite for money and corrupt tendencies betrayed her.”
He said as a Law Enforcement Officer in Mukono, Nambooze solicited money from a vendor in Mukono who ran and reported to authorities, she was trapped with marked currencies, tried, convicted and sentenced to prison.
Dr John Ssebana Kizito whom she later betrayed arranged for her legal aid, which marked her journey into the Democratic Party.
The legal team successfully appealed and had her conviction set aside, and in return joined DP and was elected to the National Executive Office of National Publicity Secretary in the National Delegates Conference only a few months after joining the party.
DP even got her a scholarship through KAS to build her capacity at Uganda Martyr’s University Nkozi.
“Despite this benevolence, DP is always receiving a tirade of abuses by Nambooze, the kind that probably would make William Shakespeare remark in his ‘King Lear’ ‘how sharper than the serpent’s tooth, it is to have a thankless child’.”
Okidi said the story of Nambooze is not any different from that of Joseph Mayanja (Chameleon) save for the corruption bit because Chameleone has not been convicted anywhere of corruption.
“For those of you who may not know, Nambooze joined DP in 2004 at Kabaka Njagala, its not any different from Chameleone’s joining from Sharing Hall Nsambya.”
“So hearing Betty Nambooze attack Chameleone for being new in the party and therefore unfit to run for high office is hypocritical, a new kind of psychosis which makes her think she should be the first and last recipient of such DP privileges and benevolence.”
He added: “Democracy is about equal application of rules to all which Hon Nambooze should acknowledge. The same rule applied to her is the same being applied to Chameleone because what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.”