The lawyers representing presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, are holding President Yoweri Museveni personally accountable for anything that happens to Go Forward head of security, Christopher Aine.
In a letter dated January 5, 2016, lawyers Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusingye petitioned the High Court of Uganda in Kampala as regards the fate of Mbabazi’s chief bodyguard.
The lawyers asked court to grant a habeas corpus, an order compelling police to produce in court a suspect in their custody.
The premised their petition on Ezra Kabugo, Aine’s cousin and eye witness in the bodyguard’s disappearance.
Aine was arrested on December 14, 2015 at 6:00am at Kyanja, Kampala by a group of police officers travelling in a police patrol vehicle and white van.
The lawyers say the arrest was “only intended to provoke and disorganize our client’s campaign programme”.
“The purpose of this letter is to notify you that Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will be responsible for any eventuality and or nasty consequences resulting from the said provocative acts.”
The letter copied to the Inspector General of Police, Secretary General National Resistance Movement and Country representative United Nations High Commission for Human Rights, requested High Court to take immediate action.
Aine feared dead
Following his arrest, Aine was said to had been detained at Special Investigations Unit [SIU] Kireka with police spokespersons denying knowledge of it.
Go Forward camp later expressed fears that those arrested with Aine had been found among those missing under police custody.
They were connected to the dead bodies pulled out of Lake Victoria during Christmas festivities.
The family of Aine also pressed police to produce their member.
Polices spokesman, Fred Enanga, insisted they were not aware of Aine’s whereabouts and learnt of his disappearance from media reports.
The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, told press that Aine was a key suspect on the run wanted by police for the December 13, 2015 clashes between President Museveni and Mbabazi’s supporters.
Museveni too threatened to deal with anyone who dared beat up his supporters in Ntungamo district.
Kayihura further told press that Aine had been summoned to appear on January 6, 2016 [yesterday] or an arrest warrant be issued against him.
The police chief further placed a Shs20m bounty on the bodyguard’s head.
Kayihura accuses Mbabazi team of hiding Aine from being prosecuted for Ntungamo crimes.
Meanwhile, 11 supporters of Mbabazi have been remanded for seven more days at Ntungamo Central Prison due to lack of sureties and legal representation.
They were charged with assault, causing grievous harm and malicious damage to property during the clashes with Museveni supporters in the district.
The suspects include Frank Kabali, Benon Turyamureeba, Eria Mayinja, Abdullah Kasajja, Jamil Mutebi and George Sebatindira.
Others are; Asadu Semakula, Ramathan Onzima, Zephania Batemyetto, Rogers Ndugga and Lawrence Mugabe alias King.
NRM poor youth, jobless brotherhood hunt for Aine
Meanwhile, members of the Jobless Brotherhood and Uganda Poor Youths Movement have also joined the hunt for Christopher Aine.
The youth activists led by Norman Tumuhimbise, the National coordinator of the Jobless Brotherhood launched a manhunt for Aine at the home of his mother Jennifer Namuleme in Katale zone in Semuto town council in Nakaseke district.
Namuleme, according to Uganda Radio Network, didn’t attend the launch of the campaign to find her son as she had reportedly travelled to Rubaga Hospital in Kampala for treatment.
Tumuhimbise says they intend to raise awareness about the disappearance of Aine and pile pressure on Police to produce him in court.