Red Pepper Publications and its sister Luganda version tabloid Kamunye editors have been arrested and detained for publishing pictures of Amama Mbabazi’s bodyguard who is presumed dead.
The pictures circulating on social media have been confirmed by Christopher Aine’s sister as being those of her “late brother”.
Earlier today, Aine’s mother Jennifer Namuleme, her daughter, Ritah Babirye, and sons; Michael Mubiru and Moses Musasizi, stormed Central Police Station in Kampala and KCCA mortuary in Mulago looking for Aine’s body.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said they were not holding Aine and were still investigating saying even the alleged pictures of his dead body could have been photoshopped.
In the afternoon Thursday, a police car pulled up at Red Pepper offices in Namanve with a letter summoning senior editors over their lead story titled “Aine “Dead” Body Emerge”.
The letter dated January 7, 2016 from the Acting CIID-SID Deputy Director, Paul Mark Odong, was addressed to the Red Pepper chief editor, Ben Byarabaha.
“Special Investigations Division is conducting investigations into titled Aine ‘Body’ Emerge that was carried on page 1 and 4 in the Red Pepper dated 07/01/2016,” reads the letter.
It adds: “Pursuant to section 27A of the Police Code Act, you are required to report to Special Investigations Division, Kireka today Thursday 07/01/10 at 1630hrs to assist in providing information in respect to the matter being investigated.”
As we have gathered, the chief editor, Byarabaha aka Ben B together with Dickson Mubiru, the Managing Editor of Kamunye, were being grilled at Kireka based Special Investigations Division by the time of filing this story.
The two editors had gone to record a statement only to be arrested and detained at the most feared state facility.