KAMPALA – Top media personality and businessman Andrew Mwenda can now stop spamming Sheebah Karungi’s phone, social media and emails with messages pleading to be cleared after the singer reported the case of indecent assault to Police.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said Sheebah had formally made her complaint at CID headquarters on Tuesday, May 17, adding that the singer had revealed the details and the individual who was involved and the related circumstances.
“In her complaint, she clearly mentions the suspect and refutes the ongoing speculation in sections of the media that it was Andrew Mwenda,” Enanga said.
Police have not named the alleged suspect.
Sheebah’s appearance before the Police Criminal Investigations Department comes after Mwenda’s desperate attempt to clear his name in the wake of the court of public opinion hanging him up to dry as the culprit.
Mwenda had gone as far as ask the CID to interest themselves in the case and while Sheebah still showed no willingness to reveal the culprit, he asked for First Son Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s help.
Enanga said a team of detectives has commenced investigations on the matter 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,” he said, adding in a rejoinder that Sheebah was contacted immediately after her video and she offered to report today [Tuesday] at CID for her side of the story.
In a video posted on her YouTube channel nearly two weeks ago, Sheebah said: “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.”
The singer warned men off her body regardless of how she presents herself on stage or in other public places, saying her body is hers alone.
“I don’t care what you think about when you see me on stage or in my videos dressed the way I dress up. You better respect my body. It is mine. I get to do whatever I want to do with it, you don’t. You can watch but you certainly can’t touch [my body],” she said.
With a slew of social media jury reaching a verdict as to the identity of the man, Mwenda attempted to distance himself, but not before rubbishing Sheebah’s claims and revealing he had reached out to her using various channels and had been successfully ignored.
“Sheebah claims with characteristic ambiguity that this man violated her body to her disgust but she does not specify whether it was rape or indecent assault,” Mwenda said.
“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?”
Mwenda revealed that Sheebah had ignored his calls and blue-ticked his messages of plea that she tell the public he was not the unnamed man in the sickening allegations.
After roping in Gen Muhoozi, who is also the commander of Land Forces of the UPDF, Mwenda had his first relief when the First Son swiftly determined that it was just fake news.
“I have read all your comments about Sheebah. I have seriously interrogated my brother Mwenda and he says he has never met the lady. So, this is definitely another fake story!” Gen Muhoozi tweeted.
Even before Muhoozi had pronounced himself on Sheebah, Mwenda had described the singer as a “fraudulent woman who is abusing both her role in society as an entertainer and her access to social media to create a media stunt purely for her selfish aims.”