Uganda Presidential Contender's Team Say Security Chief Abducted

  • Police deny arrest, say he's wanted for alleged violence link
  • President Museveni seeking to extend his three-decade rule

Ugandan presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s campaign accused the East African nation’s police of kidnapping its head of security, a charge denied by authorities.

Police picked up Christopher Aine from Kyanja, a suburb of the capital, Kampala, at about 6 a.m. on Thursday, Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, Mbabazi’s spokeswoman, said on Twitter. She said they didn’t have an arrest warrant.

Police haven’t arrested Aine, although he’s wanted for his alleged involvement in violence in the western district of Ntungamo at the weekend, police spokesman Fred Enaga said by phone. “If we had him, we would have paraded him,” he said. “We want him because some people have accused him of assault.”

Mbabazi, 66, who was fired as prime minister in September last year, is one of seven candidates challenging President Yoweri Museveni in Feb. 18 elections as he seeks to extend his three-decade rule. Museveni also faces his former physician, now opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, who’s challenging the president at the polls for the fourth time.

Police brutality against government opponents risks undermining the credibility of next year’s vote, Human Rights Watch, the New York-based advocacy group, said in October.

Museveni, 71, took power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war. He’s one of Africa’s longest serving presidents, alongside Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

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