Bubaare Elders Ask Govt to Pardon Aine

3293 Views Mbarara, Uganda

In short
The elders tasked Aine to apologize for offenses he could have committed during the presidential campaigns as a way of facilitating political reconciliation in the country. Benon Guma, the outgoing Local council one chairperson for Rwengenyu Village says Aine is known to them as a dutiful young man whose acts were possibly facilitated by political excitement.

Elders in Rwengenyu village, Bubaare Sub County, Mbarara district have appealed to Government to drop charges placed against Christopher Aine, a security aide to former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.

Aine, who is wanted by police to answer charges of assault and occasioning grievous harm relating to clashes between National Resistance Movement - NRM party and Go Forward supporters in Ntungamo district last year, hails from the same village.

He had gone missing for over three months before the February 2016 elections but resurfaced on Thursday reportedly from hiding in Dares Salaam-Tanzania. Aine said he went into hiding in order to avoid more trouble after the Ntungamo clashes.

Yesterday, police said that although Aine's return is a sigh of relief, he will have to be questioned and possibly charged for his role in the Ntungamo clashes.

However, the elders tasked Aine to apologize for offenses he could have committed during the presidential campaigns as a way of facilitating political reconciliation in the country.

Benon Guma, the outgoing Local council one chairperson for Rwengenyu Village says  Aine is known to them as a dutiful young man whose acts were possibly facilitated by political excitement.
 
//Cue in:"Kato has been........
Cue out:..........do it again."//
 
Nsiime Rwomujojwa one of the elders entrusted by late Julius Aine to take care of his children, was so excited by Aine's return. He however appealed to Government to help him to reform instead of considering charges against him.

//Cue in: "lastly I ask.........
Cue out:.........was misguided."//
 
Eli Karuhanga, another elder in the village believes Aine resurfacing at Salim Saleh's home is enabled by the friendship Aine and Saleh's family have enjoyed over the years.
 
//Cue in:"tinyine amasatsiko......
Cue out:.........nomu owubakwasire."//

 

About the author

Mariam Kabasongora
Mariam Kabasongora is the Mbarara URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under her docket. Kabasongora has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Kabasongora began her career as a reporter for Messiah Radio in Kasese in 2001. She was subsequently a reporter with Endigyito Radio in 2005, Voice of Kigezi in Kabale between 2002 and 2005 and a freelance reporter with URN from 2007 to 2010. She was the news editor with Voice of Kamwenge in that district from 2008 to 2010.

Kabasongora covers agriculture, local government, health and faith stories. She is also interested in politics.