The Police say they are actively investigating a photograph that was shared on social media claiming Amama Mbabazi’s bodyguard, Christopher Aine, was dead.
The image was published by a local tabloid Red Pepper gaining attention and creating media frenzy.
Police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga, described the image as “questionable” saying the origin of the photograph and “the circumstances under which it was taken are unclear and unknown, which gives no factual basis or evidential value to the story”.
Currently, Red Pepper chief editor, Ben Byarabaha, and Kamunye Managing Editor, Dickson Mubiru, are being questioned at Special Investigations Unit in Kireka over the image.
Enanga says they investigating the matter to help establish who posted the pictures, how they obtained the photos and to enable them validate their version of events.
“This will help us determine whether the story is a manipulated and atrocious falsehood or a conspiracy forum to smear and discredit the Police.”
Meanwhile, the story gave an opportunity to the immediate family members to visit the City Mortuary, and view for possible identification, all bodies at the mortuary in the presence of Senior Pathologists from the Ministry of Health and the Police Health Services.
No body or look alike to Aine Christopher was found.
The family members proceeded to the Special Investigations Department at Kireka and gave an account suggesting how Aine Christopher had since gone missing.
“We therefore, request the media to hold back from using the image, since its legitimacy is still questionable, until when it has been ascertained as a genuine photo or not,” Enanga appealed.
“We want to inform the public that until further information or evidence is obtained that suggests otherwise, we believe Aine Christopher is alive and in hiding.”
“And for that matter, we are continuing to investigate his case as that of a missing person, who is also wanted by Police.”
He said police expects the Chief Magistrates Court at Jinja, to issue a warrant of arrest for Aine, following his failure to appear before court yesterday, Wednesday, 6th January, 2016.
“We further caution the public not to believe stories on social media and other related outlets, until when they have verified their sources.”