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Frank Gashumba released on Shs 20m bond

Social media critic and political commentator Frank Gashumba and his co-accused, Innocent Kasumba alias Simon Mutabazi and Ismail Kiyingi have been released on Shs 20m non-cash bond.

The trio, arrested last week by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has been charged with 14 counts including personation, unlawful possession of narcotic drugs, forgery.

According to the preferred charges, the trio is accused of forging stamps for various ministries of the government of South Sudan including ministry of Health, ministry of Education and Sports, ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, ministry of Justice.

Frank Gashumba (C) with his co-accused in the dock

They are also charged with conspiracy to commit a felony by obtaining money by false pretense when they offered contracts to Kolgvan M. Dirutop and Manu Meerscghman to supply trucks troop carrier, heavy machines, water tanks among others to Uganda's ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs.

The suspects are also accused of forging identity cards of Uganda's ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs and illegal possession of narcotic drugs.

The army, through CMI, claimed that they had recovered two passports with Gashumba’s image but the travel documents bore different names.  

One had the name Frank Disans Sentongo, while the other had Franco Gashumba Malingumu. The army also claimed that at Gashumba’s house in Bunga they found various stamps, including one of the defence ministry.    

Emmanuel Musoke (former Kalungu chairperson, MP Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga , John Kigozi Ssebagala (Kampala business man) stood surety for Gashumba. His lawyer, Dennis Nyombi said Gashumba's case has highlighted a problem of suspects being held without trial beyond the mandatory 48 hours.

Gashumba, also the chief executive officer at Sisimuka Uganda, a non-profit organisation was arrested on October 30, while Kasumba was picked up a day later.

Chief Magistrate James Ereemye adjourned the case to November 20.

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+3 #1 Tusubira 2017-11-06 15:42
Wow! Gashumba's one week tour with the CMI is momentarily over.

I wonder if he will be more defiant in his utterances or fade away quietly like a certain professor nyanzi.
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+2 #2 Phalanch 2017-11-06 16:27
It's this Abuse of human rights that is igniting the entire nation to stand up and end these war lords .

who are holding the country at ransom .
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+2 #3 Ahmed 2017-11-06 16:38
Innocent until proven guilty. Gashumba has not stolen anything from tax payers .
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+2 #4 A K Mukasa 2017-11-06 17:01
Thank you The Observer for reporting objectively in relation to this matter.

This is the Daily Monitor reporting of the story notwithstanding the the allegations are unproven, " After Mr Kasumba’s arrest, a search was later conducted at his home and recovered Mr Gashumba’s forged passport in the name of Frank Ssentongo Disans.

The UPDF also paraded cocaine, marijuana, 20 stamps in names of Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Fisheries and Stanbic Bank from Mr Kasumba’s home.

He had earlier escaped a siege by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force at Tulip Hotel in Nakasero where he was meeting the said investor."
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+1 #5 Wooden K. 2017-11-06 18:20
Ogira okulikayo Mukulu Kasumba Ssenyondo !

Go to church first and then go to Buddu and be bathed with all those Nasomoka Lwera herbs.

Let me fill you in :People in the pub betted on you .

Some put their cash on the odds that you will join the late Sejjusa is his MIA cave .

Others bet that prison will make your skin harder like that of Besigye.

Then there are those who bet that you will become another Saulo Andrew Mwenda.

I am not a betting type. But I am guessing that you will check your tongue and pick less fights.

I mean that you should focus on your politcal message, target the regime , instead of going after individuals that provoke you.
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+4 #6 Wooden K. 2017-11-06 18:22
I also have a message for you like this: people do not care if you had drugs or 11 passports and 37 stamps.

People know that the ones who arrested you do worse by stealing our money. They also know that most of these people have several passports and double citizenships.

Mukulu Frank Gashumba Ssenyondo ,you have nothing to be ashamed of.
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+1 #7 Lakwena 2017-11-07 10:14
Quoting Wooden K.:
I also have a message for you like this: people do not care if you had drugs or 11 passports and 37 stamps.

People know that the ones who arrested you do worse by stealing our money. They also know that most of these people have several passports and double citizenships.

Mukulu Frank Gashumba Ssenyondo ,you have nothing to be ashamed of.


In other words Wooden, e.g., in order to numb their conscience, humanity and became the masters of violence and self-seekers; Mr. M7, Gen KK and Co. must have been engaging in violent crimes, and bearing false witness against their neighbors (innocent Ugandans) like Dr. Besigye.
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+1 #8 WADADA rogers 2017-11-07 11:55
Its a mouse and cat chase game
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