Uganda Police Force has expressed relief and excitement at the emergence from hiding of Christopher Aine, the former head of security in John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s presidential campaign camp.
In a surprising twist of events, which had issued an arrest warrant for Aine, appears to have shifted position from an enthusiastic chaser of fugitive Aine, to a group of relieved persons.
This sense of relief is born from the text of the statement issued by the Police today in which Gen. Kale Kayihura’s force expresses awe that Aine is found.
“The Police is glad to inform the public that Christopher Aine, who was wanted in connection to a case of assault occasioning grievous harm in Ntungamo and to answer court summons before the Chief Magistrates Court, Jinja, surfaced last evening, alive and in good healthy state.”
Gen. Salim Saleh, to whom Aine allegedly surrendered, told a news conference yesterday that he is leading negotiations to ensure that Aine is free to live his life. This could be interpreted to mean that Saleh is working to get Police to drop its investigations aimed at arresting Aine in connection with the beating up of NRM supporters in Ntungamo.
Enanga said: “We are greatly relieved that he voluntarily handed over himself to security and indeed, through his public interview, put to shame, those who have all along used cheap propaganda to generate publicity over his disappearance, claiming he was in police custody and others that insinuated that the police had killed him,”
The sense of relief appears from come from the fact that Police suffered a lot of abuses as a result of Aine’s disappearance.
As Enanga wrote: “Our wonder now, is what the lawyers of the Go Forward, and Self – styled Political Activist, Charles Rwomushana who rushed to conclusions without conducting sufficient investigations on circumstances under which Christopher Aine disappeared?”
“We want to announce that the search for Christopher Aine has ended, and we would wish to applaud him once again for his voluntary return, which is a legal obligation.”
The Police noted further that it will not grant any reward for Aine’s reappearance.
“It is in this very regard, that there will be no consideration for the reward of Uganda shillings 20.000.000/= (twenty million shillings only) initially placed on information leading to his arrest, because there was no information given, after the suspect handed himself over to security. The conditions set were not met.”
Enanga hesitated to note that police will proceed to charge Aine, following his reappearance. Instead he went for a safer position when he said: “On the matter of the way forward in respect of Christopher Aine’s situation, we shall at appropriate time make our position and inform the public.”