Gashumba granted bail

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda has granted businessmen Frank Gashumba and brother Innocent Gashumba bail.

The two were given a Shs 20 million non cash bond and their sureties asked the same each.

Gashumba presented three sureties including MP. Joseph Ssewungu and Joseph Musoke, former LC5 chairman for Kalungu district.

 

Court also requested that the suspects hand in their passports but their lawyers explained that the passports were confiscated on arrest.

The suspects appeared before the court where they were read charges including; Impersonation, forgery and possession of drugs.

It is alleged that Franco Malingumu Gashumba,Innocent Kasumba and Disans Kiyingi while at Tulip hotel in Kampala with an intent to defraud Kolgvan Dirutop  and Mani Meerscghman both Dutch nationals falsely presented themselves as Col.Francis Okello, the Director Logistics, Dr.John Mwine, the Director procurement in the Ministry of Defence before obtaining money so as to offer contracts to them (Dutch) for supplying trucks, troop carriers, heavy machines and water tanks.

The state also accuses the trio of unlawful possession of nartcotic drugs suspected to be marijuana.

They are also accused of forgery contrary to section 342 and 347 of the Penal Code Act when they forged Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs identification cards.

They are also accused of forging stamps for the South Sudan ministry of finance and economic planning, Ministry of Agriculture and forestry for the Juba government.

Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda only read them the charges adding that they would take plea when prosecutors appear in court after suspending their ongoing strike.

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