Christopher Aine, the former aide of ex-prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi is still in the custody of General Salim Saleh five days since appearing from his hideout in Tanzania.
Aine went into hiding after he was arraigned in Jinja Magistrate’s court for assaulting Edgar Nyabong, the Kiira Regional Police Commander and his involvement in clashes between National Resistance Movement party supporters and those of Mbabazi in Ntungamo district during presidential election campaigns.
However, since his return, Aine has remained in the custody of General Salim Saleh. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says the issues of Aine are being handled at a political level. According to Enanga, shortly after his return, Aine told Saleh that his life was in danger, which forced him to seek audience with General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police.
However, URN has learnt that Kayihura and Saleh have failed to agree on the way forward in regard to Aine. According to a source, Kayihura blames Saleh for the bad press the police force has been receiving in relation to the Aine’s case given the fact that he was aware of the whereabouts of the suspect but failed to communicate and has refused to hand him over.
“Kayihura wants Aine to be handed over but Saleh has refused. He feels his position as IGP is being undermined,” the source told URN on condition of anonymity. Enanga told URN that Kayihura has written to the Attorney General seeking his opinion on the matter and how it should be resolved.
In December 2015, Kayihura announced a cash bounty of Shillings 20 million for whoever will provide information leading to Aine’s arrest. However, police has since cancelled the bounty on grounds that Aine surrendered to General Saleh at his home in Munyonyo, a Kampala suburb.