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Uganda releases rights activist after one day in detention 

By Timothy Sibasi,

KAMPALA – The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in Uganda that took lead in having outspoken Human Rights Defender Frank Gashumba arrested early this week has released  him on bond Wednesday.

Details of the bond preview to All East Africa this morning at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters in Mbuya a Kampals suburb indicate that the duo will reappear to the CIM HQ for further interrogation on November 8th.

The arrest of the duo followed a whistleblowers report to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs about a group that was planning to fleece an investor disguising as Ministry of Defense officials.

The fraudsters under the cover of a company named Flagship group purported to be contracted by Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs for out sourcing had invited the investors to Golden Tulip Hotel in Nakasero for a meeting over a purported deal to supply UPDF with hundreds of Military Trucks.

Outspoken Frank Gashumba now humbled and arraigned before the press.

Following the tip off, one Nasser Mukungu a counterpart to Kasumba Innocent was arrested by a Joint Anti terrorism Task Force (JATT) operatives on the scene while Kasumba Innocent alias Simon Mutabazi escaped and has since been on the run.

A police case file was opened up on the group vide ref CPS KLA CRB1456/2017.Mukungu Nasser was granted police bond as the search for Innocent Kasumba aka Simon went on.

On Saturday the 29 0ct 17,Innocent Kasumba alias Mutabazi Simon was arrested and a search conducted on his residence yielded several items that included over 20 various stamps including one of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs, multiple identification documents including his two passports with separate identities and a passport of Gashumba Frank in the name of Ssentogo Frank Disans-Passport NO B0892687.

On the same date 29 Oct 2017 Gashumba Frank also turned up with his lawyer one Nsamba Geoffrey to follow up his brother and was arrested to explain; the reason and source of multiple identification documents under his name, his relationship and role in Flagship group under which the investor was to be defrauded.

Also of late a number of people had reported Frank Gashumba trying to blackmail them purporting to be carrying out investigations about their property on behalf of IGG.

A search at the office of Gashumba Frank has yielded a second passport in the name Gashumba Franco Malimungu-passport no B0958085, several other stamps and documents authored in the name of Ministries of MODVA,Agriculture Fisheries and Animal Industry.

Some of the companies used by the group of fraudsters to fleece foreigners and Ugandans in MODVA related deals are: Flagship group; Dynamos Sacco Ltd, etc.

According to documents recovered, the groups have been targeting mainly South Sudanese government departments and ministries to include stanbic bank branches in South Sudan.

The duo have currently been released on bond as CMI and Police jointly investigate the matter.

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