By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Buganda road chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda has today afternoon granted a 20 million noncash bail to the city Businessman and a controversial social critic Frank Gashumba, his brother Innocent Kasumba and Kiyingi Ismail.
The three were charged with Impersonation, forgery and possession of drugs. The magistrate adjourned the matter until 20th November since there were no state prosecutors in court given the fact that they are on a sit down strike.
According to charges read by court clerk, Franco Malingumu Gashumba, Innocent Kasumba and Disans Kiyingi while at Tulip hotel in Kampala allegedly with intent to defraud Dutch nationals Kolgvan Dirutop and Mani Meerscghman impersonated as Col. Francis Okello, the Director Logistics and Dr.John Mwine respectively, the Director procurement in the Ministry of Defense and promised to contract him to supply trucks, troop carriers, water tanks and heavy machines.
The trio also didn’t take plea on grounds that there was no prosecutor in court which they will do once the prosecutors resume their duties.
The trio didn’t only attempt to con off the Dutch nationals but also allegedly forged documents contrary to section 342 and 347 of the Penal Code Act when they forged Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs identification cards.
In addition they were charged with being in possession of narcotic drugs which is claimed to be marijuana.
It’s also alleged that the trio forged stamps for the South Sudan ministry of finance and economic planning, Ministry of Agriculture and forestry.
In addition to a 20 million non-cash bail, the magistrate directed that their passports which are being held by police should be presented in court during the next hearing.
The defense Legal team led by Isaac Ssemakadde contended that the accused were detained beyond the 48 mandatory hours, detained in different police cells, unlawful arrests including of handcuffing them from the back which is commonly referred to as “AKANDOOYA” on addition to the cases being boilable.
The bitter kalungu east legislator who is also among the sureties, cautioned army officers against abusing their uniforms since they have a life after services.