By Kampala Sun writer
The Ministry of Defence has cleared the air on the arrest of outspoken government critic and city businessman Frank Gashumba.
Gashumba was arrested on Monday night and detained by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.
Addressing a news conference on Tuesday evening at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, the UPDF deputy spokesperson Lt.Deo Akiiki explained that following a tip off, CMI operatives intercepted a deal in which Gashumba was about to fleece an investor of huge sums of money.
“Under the cover of a company named Flagship group purported to be contract by the Ministry of Defence for out sourcing, Gashumba and two others had invited investors to Golden Tulip hotel in Nakasero for a meeting over a deal to supply UPDF with hundreds of military trucks,”Lt.Akiiki told journalists.
The UPDF spokesperson said that Gashumba showed up at CMI together with his lawyer in a bid to seek release for his brother he too was arrested.
Upon arrest Gashumba was led to his house where a number of documents were recovered. Among the items shown to journalists that had been found in Gashumba’s house and his office included passports with his photos but in separate names.
In one passport he was identified as Gashumba Franco Malimungu whereas the other one was in the names of Ssenyondo Frank Dissans.
“We also found him with marijuana and cocaine in his possession, a number of stamps belonging to the ministries of defence and agriculture, stamps from Stanbic bank and office of the South Sudan president among others,”Lt.A
Iin one document Gashumba and his group would bag over twelve million dollars in a deal.