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Aine’s disappearance smells like that of late JM. Kariuki


Who was Mr Aine Christopher? Was he a soldier or what? The reporting says he was head of security for JPAM? Given that JPAM occupied many sensitive security docket he must have seen special qualities in Mr Aine. Was Mr Aine on secondment from government? It goes without saying that head of security detail for a leading presidential candidates was armed? Is that so?

We would appreciate a chronology. We understand he was born in 1982 or thereabout. How did he rise to become head of security for someone who says will win the election handily? So Mr Aine must be the equivalent of a presidential escort commander in JPAM’s  security details. If that is the case was he snatched from the vicinity of JPAM? Where was he snatched or whatever the govt alleges he was doing? How long had Mr Aine been head of security for JPAM?

Now in Moroto, we saw pictures of JPAN surrounded by policemen. Did the policemen work under Mr Aine or they have their own commander?

Please take this matter with some sensitivity because it smells really bad. If God forbid Mr Aine is found dead, the optics would be really bad. I don’t want to mice any words, it would be a big blow to the IGP. What has Bwana IGP drank, people.  Many of us are struggling to reconcile Mr Kale  Kayihura with general Kale Kayihura the IGP.

We pray the IGP will not take back his words. We also hope the Ugandan police is  not engaged in the  equivalent of what Kenyan police did when the late JM. Kariuki disappeared. I have to be sensitive here because of the unknowns,  but JM Karuiki (RIP)  was so good  that even hyenas refused to touch his dead body in Ngongo forest.  That is how the plot fell apart.  Had the hyenas eaten his body, he would never have been found and the murder might have gone cold .

It is really important that both the Minister of  internal Affairs and the IGP address the media and yes stake questions. They should not hide behind press releases.

Question: who is the police officer  who led the operation to arrest the people who went to fight with NRM supporters in Ntungamo? Who gave the orders to go and arrest them? Was ith the local commander or did the orders come from above? How far above?

How about the govt take the mater with the urgency and set up a one Judge judicial Commission to investigate the Aine issue? And the judge must be beyond reproach not the likes of cadre justice like,  opps sorry.

As for Mbabazi’s campaign so far,You are staring at the next or perhaps the biggest political flop in Ugandan politics. A lot was expected of him before he hit the trail, but since then things are not that rosy, hence the pressure being reported.   The truth hurts.

JPAM’s struggles brings to mind many politicians in the USA who on paper appear strong and presidential material,  but once they hit the trail there is little attraction in the polls. Smart ones withdraw in time and move on with their lives elsewhere.

Just ponder the consequences of JPAM’s pending political disaster. Look at the people going down-to be fair they were already down-with JPAM. Thus, the argument that JPAM’s candidacy and being backed by DP and UPC factions is not necessarily a bad thing. Actually there are silver linings from his disastrous  foray into elective polities.

JPAM and the caste backing him bring to mind the possibility of hitting not just one, two, three, or four, but five birds  with one stone!


Aine’s case looks similar to Karanja’s case in Kenya in 1987

Photo of a dead Aine Christopher posted on social media by Charles Rwomushana

Photo of a dead Aine Christopher posted on social media by Charles Rwomushana


Uganda police denies that the corpse in that photo is that of Aine’s!

Well, who do we believe now: Aine family that confirmed the body, or the police? There’s a relative story I may share here:

Sometime in 1987, a Kenyan peasant by the name Kamau Karanja, was arrested by the CID and held in a Nairobi police station for three days. His family only got wind of his arrest several weeks later, when one of his cell mates went to visit his home.

The family filed a habeas corpus suit, to compel the police to produce Karanja. Long story short, it turned out the police had killed Karanja and buried his body in a shallow grave in an Eldoret forest, over 300 miles away!

Aine when he was arrested by police

Aine when he was arrested by police

In Aine’s case, the police had pre-emptied the basis of a habeas corpus suit, by claiming that they wanted him so badly, they we willing to pay shs. 20M for information that would lead them to him!

The Karanja case caused Judge Schoefield his job, and journalist, Paul Aboge, his life.

In the photo where Aine is standing in handcuffs, there are surgical marks running up his neck, where the corpse has large, curvy post-surgery marks that appear to be old.

Could this be someone else’s body, considering that Aine has not been missing for more than three weeks?

Something did not add up when the IGP announced the shs. 20M reward, and that’s why I raised it here. There was no legal or urgent reason for Kayihura to try to locate Aine, when Aine’s date with the court was three days away.

Aine had not absconded his bond, had not failed to appear in court, and there was no other active warrant for his arrest. Therefore, the was no justification for this reward.

Now that Aine’s sister says she can confirm that this is his body, I feel vindicated in that I had feared Kayihura or his boys “knew” what had happened to Aine, but they wanted to hide their culpability by making this public appeal for his whereabouts.

Aine’s murder should now lead the conversations in the campaign trail: the press must pester Museveni to tell the nation who killed and why; the Opposition must loudly and courageously demand that Kayihura be sacked.

In fact, all peace-loving Ugandans, irrespective of their political affiliations, should down their tools, vacate their offices and pour into the streets and highways to demonstrate their anger at this political assassination.

It’s likely that Aine had served in our security organs, and that might explain the ruthlessness and fear with which the police/security agencies pounced on him: they knew what he was capable of, or what he had on them.

And why those agencies have been known to violate human rights, including ex-judicial killings, it’s still unacceptable that this Ugandan can be so coldly killed simply because he supports an opposition presidential candidate.

Should be look the other way, and dismiss Aine’s death as a casualty of intra-party feud, we’ll be hard pressed to justify our anger next time one of us is similarly killed.

Therefore, it’s not for Aine’s sake that we must find his murder revolting and bring to justice those behind it; it’s for the fate of the nation.

Moreover, there’s a provision in Uganda’s Constitution that empowers citizens to take up arms against the government if that government becomes unaccountable to the citizens and murderous. Could that time be now?

‘Edward Pojim’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community

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