Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleone’s wife Daniella Atima Mayanja has lavished praise on the ‘basima ogenze’ singer claiming he is like a father to her ever since the passing of her guardian, Rev Fr John Scalabrini.
Scalabrini died in October 2016 at Nsambya hospital where he had been admitted following health complications.
In a show of love and appreciation, Daniella took to social media to wash her husband with all manner of praise, calling him her “everything”.
“How can I ever thank you for being a father to me besides everything that you are, May God continue to favor you. You have evolved from so many things into being a father to me,” Daniela pieced
“They were right, those who told me God would give me another father, It was my biggest worry when my father went to meet the Lord, but so many people told me God would give me one,and they were right, He gave me one under the same roof with me. I am thankful,” she added.
Notwithstanding, Daniella in April last year sprinted to court seeking to divorce her husband to end their nine-year of marriage. Central to Daniella’s bid to separate with Chameleone was that since 2013, he has been molesting her by beating her whenever he returns home. However, the singer stated in a Facebook live stream, that there would be no divorce and that he loves his wife very much.
In her petition, Daniella says Chameleone resorted to binge drinking that has culminated into him beating her and she often runs away from their home to her friends’ places to seek refuge.
The couple would later reconsider the divorce and return stronger, this was several months after the death of Fr John Scalabirini, whom Daniella calls her dad.
Fr John will be fondly remembered for founding kindergartens, schools and colleges, including Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Primary School and Bishop Cipriano S.S.S in Kampala. He was also a benefactor to thousands of needy children, especially orphans.
Fr John, born in 1934, was an Italian missionary from Limido Comasco, Italy. He has lived in Uganda since 1964, spending nearly 30 of those years among the Acholi in Northern Uganda where he built schools, and installed flour mills.
In 1969 Fr John became a priest upon the urgings of Bishop Ciprian Kihangire of Gulu, in whose memory he built Bishop Cipriano Kihangire Primary School in Kitintale and Bishop Cipriano S.S.S. in Luzira, a Kampala city suburb. He also founded the non-for-profit Emmaus foundation Uganda to cater to needs in education and health, among other needs.