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
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