AINE's HOST: Gen. Salim Saleh

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will determine the fate of Christopher Aine, the evasive aide to former Go Forward presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who is wanted by police.

Aine, who went missing in December last year following the slapping of charges of assault against him allegedly carried out in Jinja and Ntungamo during the electioneering period, recently re-appeared at the home of Senior Presidential Advisor of Defence and Security General Salim Saleh, who promised to keep the beleaguered Mbabazi aide while seeking a solution to his woes.

About two weeks ago Aine resurfaced, and, in the company of Gen Saleh, fielded questions by journalists from the local TV station NTV, who sought to know what had transpired during the time the youthful man went missing. And, in a highly guarded response style, Aine could only reveal that he fled Uganda to Tanzania in the wake of the police investigations and his imminent arrest, the seeming precursor to his ‘disappearance’.

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In fact, Saleh’s intervention and promise for a negotiated solution followed moves by the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, who recently sought to have Aine arrested to answer to the charges that were preferred against him last year, and which resulted in police putting a bounty of UGX20 million when Aine suddenly went missing in December 2015.

But it seems Aine’s woes are far from over; the IGP and Gen Saleh have reportedly been engaged in a tug-of-war for Aine, with available information indicating that the former had also sought guidance of the Attorney General in regard to the procedural details of how to deal with the stand-off, and Aine in particular.

However, the position of the police seems to have hit a rocky tail end, as the spokesperson of the DPP Jane Kajuga says it is only their office that can sanction criminal charges against Aine.

In fact, according to Ms Kajuga the DPP Mike Chibita wa Duallo, has already recalled the two Aine files, and will pronounce himself on the matter latest by Wednesday, April 20.


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