Frank Gashumba Arrested for Impersonation

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Gashumba was picked up from the city center on Monday night by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence CMI for allegedly impersonating a Defense Ministry official and conning some foreigners.

Social media critic Frank Gashumba is in trouble for impersonation. 

Gashumba was picked up from the city center on Monday night by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for allegedly impersonating a Defense Ministry official and conning some foreigners.
 
The operatives later went on to search Gashumba's residence in Bunga, a city suburb and his Industrial area based offices of Sisimuka Uganda. The Defense Ministry Spokesman, Brigadier Richard Kalemire has confirmed the Gashumba's arrest and the ongoing investigations.

"Yes we have arrested him and investigations are in process to determine our next course of action," Kalemire said. This is not the first time Gashumba is trouble over similar allegations.
 
According to a statement issued by police, the arrest of followed whistleblowers reports to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs, about a group that was planning to fleece an investor disguising as Defence officials.

The fraudsters under the cover of a company named Flagship group purported to be contracted by the Ministry of Defence for outsourcing 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.

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.

However, on Saturday, October 29, Innocent Kasumba alias Mutabazi Simon was arrested. A search conducted on his residence yielded several items that included over 20 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.

On the same day,  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.

A search at his office yielded a second passport in the name Gashumba Franco Malimungu as well as a collection of stamps and documents authored in the name of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.

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 are currently held at PSIU Kireka as we jointly investigate
 
In 2013, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations investigated Gashumba on similar allegations when he was accused of impersonating the Defense Ministry Permanent Secretary and defrauding Turkish investors of Millions of Shillings.  However, the findings from the investigations were never made public nor did the case make it to court.

Gashumba, a known critic of president, Yoweri Museveni has been arrested severally for defrauding unsuspecting members of the public. 

 

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Dear Jeanne
Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.