Political activist and vociferous political and social critic Frank Gashumba is being held by the military on charges of impersonating an official in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and obtaining money by false pretense.
According to the UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire, Gashumba was picked yesterday night by CMI agents and taken to their headquarters in Mbuya for interrogation in respect to a US$28 million deal he allegedly procured illicitly in August 2011, after impersonating the then Permanent Secretary in the internal affairs ministry, Dr. Stephen Kagoda.
It is said that at the time Gashumba, who one time posted a photo while donned in military-like camouflage uniform complete with pips corresponding to those of a Colonel in the army, forged government documents and sent an email under internal affairs ministry to EYG Group Limited in Turkey, asking the company to supply 58 fire tenders.
This website understands that Gashumba’s home in Bunga was last night sealed off by CMI officials and a comprehensive search conducted, while his Industrial Area office is sealed off.
Meanwhile, other sources aver that Gashumba was arrested in relation to illicit passport deals that he has been indulging in, for Ugandans to go to foreign countries for more paying jobs also known as Kyeyo.
Known for his open attacks against the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government and President Yoweri Museveni on various fora, the flashy Gashumba is no stranger to accusation of illicit dealings.