The Ministry of Defence has come out to clear the air about the arrest of the outspoken government critic and city businessman Frank Gashumba upon being found with fake passports, marijuana, cocaine and other fake government stamps and papers.
Apparently, Frank Gashumba, the father to media personnel Sheila Gashumba was arrested on Monday night and detained by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
Addressing a news conference on Tuesday evening at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, the UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt.Deo Akiiki explained that following a tip off, Computer Managed Instruction (CMI) operatives intercepted a deal in which Gashumba was about to fleece an investor of huge sums of money.
“Under the cover of a company named Flagship group purported to be contract by the Ministry of Defence for out sourcing, Gashumba and two others had invited investors to Golden Tulip hotel in Nakasero for a meeting over a deal to supply UPDF with hundreds of military trucks,” Lt.Akiiki told journalists.
Lt.Akiiki explained that on Saturday, Kasumba, who happens to be a brother to Frank Gashumba was arrested and a search was conducted at his house discovering a number of items. Among the items he was found with included: two passports with separate identities.
How Frank Gashumba was arrested:
The UPDF spokesperson says that as luck would have it, Gashumba showed up at CMI together with his lawyer in a bid to seek the release of his brother and upon his arrival, he was arrested also captured and arrested.
On arrest, CMI operatives asked him to lead them to his house where a number of documents were recovered. Among the items shown to journalists that had been found in Gashumba’s house and his office included passports with his photos but in separate names.
In one passport he was identified as Gashumba Franco Malimungu whereas the other one was in the names of Ssenyondo Frank Dissans.
“We also found him with marijuana and cocaine in his possession, a number of stamps belonging to the ministries of defence and agriculture, stamps from Stanbic bank and office of the South Sudan president among others,” Lt.Akiiki said.
Now Frank Gashumba is going to be charged in court martial Asked on the fate of the flamboyant businessman, the UPDF spokesperson said investigations would reveal the next course of action as they are currently being kept at a special investigation unit in Kireka.
“Investigations will show whether to take him to the court martial or any other court but most of the items he was arrested with have a connection with the Ministry of Defence,” he added.