Uganda Police will not give out the shillings 20 million bounty they had put on the head of then fugitive Christopher Aine because he handed himself in.
“His voluntary return is a legal obligation which he has fulfilled,” Fred Enanga, the Public Relations Officer at Uganda Police told journalists today. Aine appeared next to Gen Salim Saleh on NTV 7pm news yesterday, saying he had handed himself in.
Enanga applauded Aine for helping dismiss “cheap propaganda claiming that he was in police custody”. He said others insinuated that he was killed by Police, after an image of a dead body circulated in the media that was said to be Aine’s.
Enanga confirmed that the shillings 20million bounty will not be rewarded to anyone since the conditions weren’t met especially with the suspect handing himself in.
Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s former head of security Aine disappeared on December 17, 2015, after he was involved in election violence incident involving National Resistance Movement and Go-Forward supporters in Ntungamo.
He claimed on TV that he run to Tanzania, and returned “ to clear out the bad air he left behind.”
He said he surrendered in the hope that that he will get a fair trial and freedom to continue with his business, and relations. That is the reason, he said, that he sought the support of General Salim Saleh.
FULL POLICE STATEMENT
The Police are glad to inform the public that Christopher Aine, who was wanted in connection to a case of assault occasioning grievous harm in Ntungamo Distrcit and also to answer court summons issued by the Chief Magistrates Court, Jinja, surfaced last evening, alive and in good health condition.
We are greatly relieved that he voluntarily handed over himself to security and indeed, through his public interview, put to shame, those who have all along used cheap propaganda to generate publicity over his disappearance, claiming he was in police custody and others who insinuated that the police had killed him.
Actually our wonder now is what the lawyers of the Go Forward, and also self – styled political activist, Charles Rwomushana, who rushed to making conclusions without conducting sufficient investigations on circumstances under which Christopher Aine disappeared, have to say!
We want to announce that the search for Christopher Aine has ended, and we would wish to applaud him for his voluntary return, an obligation he legally fulfilled. It is in this very regard, that there will be no consideration for the reward of Ugx. 20m (Twenty million shillings) only, initially placed on information leading to his arrest, because there was no information given, after the suspect handed himself over to security. The conditions set by police for consideration were not met.
We want to greatly thank and appreciate the public for their support, and although there would be no consideration, it should not undermine future attempts by police to get information about unsolved crimes by offering rewards.
On the matter of the way forward in respect of Christopher Aine’s situation, we shall at an appropriate time, make our position and inform the public.
CP Enanga Fred
Press and Public Relations Officer