Red Pepper editors still in jail, Aine summoned


Red Pepper Chief Editor, Ben Byarabaha, at his desk

Since their arrest yesterday afternoon, two Red Pepper Publications editors are still being detained at Kireka Special Investigations Unit [SIU] where they spent the night.

Red Pepper Chief Editor, Ben Byarabaha, and Luganda version tabloid Kamunye Managing Editor, Dickson Mubiru, are being questioned for publishing pictures of Amama Mbabazi’s bodyguard, Christopher Aine, who is presumed dead.

The two editors were summoned in a letter dated January 7, 2016 by the Acting CIID-SID Deputy Director, Paul Mark Odong.

The letter delivered first hand by police at Red Pepper offices in Namanve along Jinja road was addressed to the media house’s Managing Director.

The letter said police was investigating the newspaper’s story titled “Aine ‘Body’ Emerge” that was carried on page 1 and 4 in the Red Pepper dated 07/01/2016.

When they appeared at Kireka Special Investigations Division to record a statement, Byarabaha aka Ben B and Mubiru were instead arrested and detained.

So far, no charges have been preferred against them but they continue to be locked up.

There are fears that the editors may be detained until Monday when they will probably be produced in court.

Aine summoned

Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate’s court in Jinja has issued criminal summons for Aine on four counts of criminal cases.

Aine, according to URN, is accused of disobeying lawful orders, assault, obstruction and resisting arrest while in Jinja.

The cases were committed in September, 2015 when Mbabazi was barred from accessing Kazimingi grounds in Jinja for a consultative meeting.

Mbabazi’s lawyers tried to oppose the issuance of the warrant of arrest by seeking an extension of time and promising to produce Aine in court soon.

Police, Mbabazi disagree  

Yesterday, Mbabazi issued a statement accusing police of violating human rights against his supporters.

He said members of the Go Forward campaign have been assaulted, arrested, disappeared or even killed by police.

He cited the case of Daniel Ayugi, Okello, James Aogon and Isaac Okwi who were arrested and tortured.

He also cited the disappearance of his head of security Aine who is now rumoured dead.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, in a statement denied the accusations saying for example Aine was not in their custody.

Human rights activists say the disappearance of Aine cannot be taken for granted because it can happen to anyone.

John Mary Odoi, the board chairman Human Rights Network-HURINET has called for investigations into the disappearance of Aine.

Government investigates

Meanwhile, government is investigating reports claiming that Aine is dead.

Internal Affairs Minister, Rose Akol, disclosed this to the Defense Committee of Parliament while responding to a point of concern raised by Milton Muwuma, Kigulu South Member on the reported death of Aine.

Akol said Police is trying to ascertain the authenticity of the reports.

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