Veteran Kadongo kamu singer Gerald Kiweewa spent Thursday night at Kabalagala Police station after being arrested over his song with Dina Rukoti titled “Nantaba”.
Reportedly, several security officers dressed in security uniforms and some in causal outfits raided his home in Maganjo and carried out a search in his house.
Gerald Kiweewa’s arrest was confirmed by Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Oyango, who explained that Kiweewa was arrested and driven off to CID headquarters in Kibuli for interrogations.
CID recorded Nantaba’s complaint on GEF 442/2020 on Thursday before police went ahead to arrest the musician from his home in Maganjo in Wakiso district.
The song video which also features Dina Rukoti was created and released about three months ago by Runo Concepts, Kiwewa sings that Nantaba should leave Zaake because she is the reason why he is always beaten to a pulp. According to the song’s blurb, the song talks about Nantaba, a beautiful girl who is loved by both young and old men, rich and poor because of her physical appearance.
Nantaba was the junior ICT minister till early this year when she was dropped and replaced with MP Peter Ogwang. Last year Nantaba made headlines on media platforms after a biker, Ronald Ssebulime was arrested, handcuffed and then executed by police on claims that he wanted to assassinate the minister.
It was later established that Ssebulime was actually carrying a bag containing food items which he was taking to his children on visitation day at St Andrew Kaggwa on Kayunga Road.
Kiwewa is not the first Ugandan musician arrested over composing songs that have rubbed prominent persons the wrong way. Nearly two years ago, David Mugema, a musician, and his music producer, Jonah Muwanguzi, were accused of composing a song that disturbed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni peace.
Titled; Wumula Mzee loosely translated as take a rest old man, the song saw Mugema and Muwanguzi charged with two counts of offensive communication under Section 25 and 21 of the Computer Misuse Act of 2011.