KAMPALA – Gospel artist Wisdom Kaye who also doubles as the Vice President Uganda Gospel Artists Association has denied allegations of land fraud that were put against him.
The singer was yesterday arrested in Luweero over allegedly duping a UK-based Ugandan known as Ms Alice Nalomba in a land acquisition deal.
According to Ms Nalomba who accused Kaye, the motor mouthed singer had duped a couple of people in land deals. She claimed Kaye would sell a piece of land to more than five people.
“My sister was sceptical about the deal the day they went to survey my land. She claimed they denied her access to survey the whole plot, so she told me. I later sent someone there on the land to see what was going on because the plot numbers kept on changing, today it is 31, the other day it is 30 and next day 34,”she said.
Namulomba added that even the person Kaye claimed to be the land owner ran away and they were in cahoots to defraud her.
“A police officer told me that Kaye and his colleague are fraudsters and have been doing it for some time because they (police) even received a complaint about them a few days ago of someone they had defrauded on the same piece of land whom they later paid him off Ugx 19million.”
However, upon Kaye being set free after lawyers from National Culture Forum intervened in the matters, Kaye rubbished all allegations and said all this was the work of mafias that wanted to taint his name.
“There are people who want to steal Ugx 10Bn shillings that was given to artists. They think when they frame me it will be done. Alice asked me to help her get some cheap plot of land which I faithfully did, I have come to realise that not everyone in the prison is a criminal. Masituula Male who sold me the land has all the proper documentation, all these are allegations by mafias,” he explained.
Mr Hannington Bugingo the president Uganda Comedians Association who shares the same sentiments with Kaye about his arrest explains that the allegations were a bit flimsy/political.
“Kaye had bought land in Luweero and he has been telling me about that. Yesterday he was arrested and when we sent our lawyers, they had not yet gotten a statement from him. The accuser was not also anywhere to be seen. He has been vocal fighting for arts through National Cultural Forum and I think his arrest was politicised. We suspect that one of the mafias he has been fighting is behind the arrests,” he shared.
Wisdom Kaye is an executive member of the National Culture Forum (NCF). Its primary mandate includes advocating and lobbying for the Culture and Creative Industries and contributing to the implementation of Uganda’s cultural policy.
The NCF is an apex body for all associations and federations operating in the arts, culture and creative industry of Uganda.
In the recent past, Kaye has been a recurrent vocal figure in the media discussing issues regarding Ugandan musicians and the government relationship.