President Museveni has appointed Mr Christopher Aine, Ex- head of 2016 presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s security as Deputy Resident City Commissioner (DRCC) for Mbarara District
President Museveni is said to have directed the appointment of Mr Aine who is a son to late Lt Col Julius Aine of Rwengenyu cell, Bubare sub county Kashari south constituency, Mbarara City.
Aine shot to the limelight in September 2015 as the bodyguard of the then-presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi when he wrestled down Busoga East regional police commander, Edgar Nabongho and his guards.
He was later arrested on then police boss Gen Kale Kayihura’s orders, who described Aine as a UPDF deserter who had gone on to be a ‘commando’ in Iraq.
But Aine, who headed Mbabazi security detail, later said in 2015 that he once belonged to President Museveni’s elite Special Forces Command (SFC), which he quit over alleged marginalisation.
On the campaign trail on December 4, 2015, in Pallisa, Aine said that after his father’s death, he was recruited in the army and seconded to the SFC. He said he was the only one in the family who was allowed to see his father’s body. Because of his father’s contribution to the rebellion that thrust Museveni into power, Aine expected his family to be treated better.
But, with a marked tinge of sadness, Aine said Museveni “forgot” them. When he realized that being in SFC didn’t better his family’s welfare, he opted to quit. But, he said, he was dissuaded by the then Chief of Defence Forces Gen Aronda Nyakairima (RIP), who arranged for him to meet Museveni on February 6, 2007, the day Museveni unveiled the ‘Freedom Fighters Monument’ at Kabamba Military Training School, erected in honour of the first 41 NRA fighters.
“I didn’t have a uniform and I was forced to borrow a uniform from one of the SFC soldiers on deployment because there was no way I was going to meet the Commander in Chief [CIC] without uniform,” Aine told one of the newspaper by then.
Many high-ranking soldiers questioned his presence, a non-commissioned soldier, among generals. But Nyakairima, according to Aine, told the overly-inquisitive officers to back off.
Museveni himself, according to Aine, wondered who the low-ranking officer was seated among senior officers. After Nyakairima introduced him to the CIC, Museveni offered to address the concerns of Aine’s family. Aine ran out of patience after a year of waiting and began planning his exit from the army.
“I had saved about Shs 8m which appeared enough for me to start a new life. I then quietly began on the process of my discharge from SFC; it is a lengthy and difficult process,” Aine said.
“That is why Kayihura said at my arrest [in September 2015] that I was a deserter in the army – in fact it is the charge that he had wanted to slap on me but was surprised when he discovered that I had all the discharge papers,” Aine added.
Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, the then Go Forward head of media and communications said in January 2016 that Aine joined the pressure group in July 2015 following Mbabazi’s arrest at Njeru on his way to Mbale to launch his presidential bid.
Aine said that on leaving SFC, he secured a five-year contract job with “the Americans” as a security officer. He says that contrary to Kayihura’s claims, he has never worked in Iraq. Instead, he spent most of his time in Latin America.
“After two years, I said ‘ah-ah, let me go back home’,” Aine said.
According to him, he was getting a monthly salary of Shs 11m, but he resigned to join Mbabazi because he felt Museveni had betrayed the country. Before Mbabazi went public about his presidential bid in June last year, Aine said he had been part of the former prime minister’s silent mobilisers.
At the time, Aine came across as a reserved and quiet man. Before his leap into the limelight, Aine always humbly ushered in guests at Kololo to meet the former NRM secretary general.
His true character of a fierce fighter was exhibited in September 2015 when Mbabazi was teargassed in eastern Uganda as he set out to popularize his presidential bid.
He was later taken to court in Jinja on assault-related charges.
He was alater entangled in a scuffle between National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters and those of his boss in Ntungamo district. Police declared him a wanted criminal forcing him to go into hiding.
Mr Aine went missing from the public on December 20, 2015, and only reappeared in April 2016 alongside President Museveni’s brother Gen Salim Saleh..
November 27, 2019, in Kampala city center Christopher Aine, staged a protest over being jobless.
Aine, who was accompanied with two others, was holding a sharp knife, saying he is unable to fend for his life. Police swung into action and grabbed Aine who shouted that his parents and relatives died because of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Aine’s other two colleagues accused government of corruption, saying Museveni is surrounded by mafias. They said they are leaders for peace and are launching their campaign for regime change.
Kampala police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said preliminary investigations show that three took to the streets because of money. Onyango said, Aine and his colleagues have been seeing ‘other’ he did not mention getting money from the state and that they are also trying to draw the attention of government so they can be paid.
Aine was born in 1982. His father, Maj Julius Aine (RIP), was one of the 41 NRA rebels that launched the maiden attack on Kabamba barracks on February 6, 1981. Registered as RO/00044, Maj Julius Aine is reported to have died in the 1990s in a motor accident – although this cause of death is disputed by some family members.
“It was a direct appointment from the president which was made on June 23 and I came to deputize the Resident City Commissioner (RCC),” Mr Aine said.
Mr Aine said he is going to study and analyze the situation in the city before setting up a working plan that suits Mbarara.
“I still need some time to analyze the challenges which they have then with time we are going to develop a strategy,’’ he noted.
Mbarara RCC Lt Col James Mwesigye said he was ready to work with the ‘‘son of their bush war comrade whom he expects to highly perform.