Presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has finally spoken out on the picture spreading on social media and presumed to be that of his missing body guard, Christopher Aine.
The picture of a dead body said to be Aine’s led to the arrest and detention of Red Pepper editors, Ben Byarabaha and Dickson Mubiru.
Last evening, former State House staff, Charles Rwomushana, was also arrested after it emerged that the picture originated from him.
Addressing press in Mbale Saturday, Mbabazi refused to confirm whether the picture was that of his bodyguard.
“I will not comment on that picture. I don’t want to speculate,” he said.
“I really have not been saying much about it because I have been going by the statement my lawyers issued about Aine. Since then they have filed a writ of habeas corpus and am simply waiting for the police to produce the body of Christopher Aine.”
Mbabazi said the matter can easily be sorted out, asking police to do a post-mortem and identify the body of the person in the picture.
“Being a lawyer myself, I am very cautious on what I say,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate’s court in Jinja has issued criminal summons for Aine on four counts of criminal cases.
Christopher Aine 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.
Police has also asked him to come out of hiding and hand himself over and be charged for the Ntungamo violence.
President Yoweri Museveni last evening said all those who beat up his supporters will be arrested.
At his conference in Mbale town Saturday morning, Mbabazi further decried harassment and intimidation of his supporters by state agencies.
“This thing of intimidation is destructive,” he said.
He cited the case of Go Forward supporter in Karamoja that gave an interview to one of the news networks and was later arrested for proclaiming that he will vote Go Forward.
“Why would they arrest an 83 year-old man for making political statements or saying he would vote for change?” Mbabazi wondered.
Go Forward manifesto
Addressing a rally at Kobwin trading center, Ngora district, a day before, Mbabazi discussed the Go Forward manifesto and the respect for constitution.
He said Ngora’s main cash crops are ground nuts, sweet potato, epurpur (white sorghum) and fibrous mangoes that are going to waste.
“We believe the TDA – Go Forward manifesto can help turn these into a source of livelihood for the community.”
He noted that white sorghum was the main ingredient in the local brewed beer like Senator, Eagle, Citizen beer.
“It is also the best source of sillage for cattle. Ngora is a rich district with immense potential.”
He said the whole Teso region has great potential.
“As a new generation, we must celebrate our diversity. We need an environment of stability as well as respect for the law that allows citizens to thrive. TDA Go forward can deliver this.”