Kalyegira: Aine poor gov’t stunt backfired


Senior journalist Timothy Kalyegira says the initial posturing of the Christopher Aine story came off as complex but when broken down, there is nothing complex.

He said journalist Andrew Mwenda stated from the start said that Aine was being held by the Amama Mbabazi camp.

“This is a person who is well connected. Amama Mbabazi has never been one who is quick to react. We saw this during the campaigns but let’s wait and see what he says about Aine.”

Kalyegira contends that social media, in the wake of Aine’s “resurrection” is “overrated, over-hyped and substandard”.

“Aine’s “resurrection” was somehow good PR for the government but it backfired. A number of unanswered questions,” Kalyegira said on Monday while appearing on NBS television.

He adds: “This was a poorly organised PR stunt. How do they explain Aine’s decision to hand himself over to Gen. Salim Saleh?”

He argues that Aine was a fugitive and resurfacing in the company of the president’s brother leaves the transition unexplained.

“Given the magnitude of the story, why did Aine appear on a single media outlet? The interview wasn’t even at Uganda Media Center.”

Kalyegira noted that Aine’s return is the latest chapter in the intriguing propaganda between President Museveni and Amama Mbabazi.

“Aine turning up in the company of Gen. Saleh is to make Amama Mbabazi look bad… another loss on his part.”

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