KAMPALA – Christopher Aine, the former head of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s security detail, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing police officers who were manning traffic during his demonstration on November 27.
Aine made the admission while appearing before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Stella Maris Amabilis on Wednesday afternoon. He appeared with Daniel Byansi, Kenny Sserujongi, Christopher Nyombi, Tony Ssegawa and Samuel Lugemwa. Byansi also pleaded guilty to the charge while others pleaded not guilty.
The entire group was also charged with malicious damage to property, assault and going armed in public.
Court heard that Aine and five others while on Kampala road on November, 27th, 2019 unlawfully obstructed police officers who were regulating traffic flow. According to the Traffic and Road Safety Act, any person who obstructs a Police Officer in the execution of his or her duty is liable to a fine not exceeding 30 currency points (600,000 Shillings) or imprisonment of not more than three months or both.
On the charge of malicious damage, prosecution alleges that on November, 27th, Aine damaged the shirt of the uniform of police constable, Peter Eyotaru, which is the property of Uganda Police. Prosecution also alleges that Aine caused bodily harm by cutting Denis Kambugu’s arm with a knife.
Prosecution also accuses Aine of going armed in public with a weapon in a manner, which causes terror to the public. Aine, who was represented by his lawyer, John Paul Rubagumya pleaded not guilty to the rest of the charges.
The magistrate remanded the suspects to Luzira prison until December 30 when they appear for hearing of the case.