Frank Gashumba (in middle/red T-shirt) with his co-accused Innocent Gashumba and Ismail Kiyingi

Social activist and political critic Frank Gashumba, his brother Innocent Gashumba and ‘businessman’ Ismail Kiyingi have today been granted bail by the Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court, after spending a week in prison on charges of fraud, impersonation and being in possession of narcotics.

Frank Gashumba (red T-shirt) with his co-accused Innocent Gashumba and Ismail Kiyingi

Since officials from the DPP’s office are on strike, the three were granted bail of Shs20 million each, with MP Joseph Sewungu standing as surety.

Last Thursday, Gashumba’s lawyer Denis Nyombi had filed to the Nakawa magistrate’s court to free his client, only for Gashumba to be brought to the Buganda Road court at today 1pm.

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Available information indicates that Gashumba, his brother Innocent and Kiyingi, the proprietor of M Safari, were found in possession of identifications, one in the name of Colonel Francis Okello and another one in the name of John Mwine, who is reportedly in charge of military procurement. It is these identifications that the trio was allegedly going to use to pose as officials from the ministries of Defence and Internal Affairs, to con some Dutch businessmen about their prowess in respect to military equipment procurement.

According to investigators, the three who were arrested by officers of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), were also found in possession of 20 fake stamps and fake apssports, and later detained at the Police Special Investigation Division at Kireka.