By Fred Kiva
Frank Gashumba, together with his brother Innocent Kasumba were arrested on Monday by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) operatives for alleged impersonation and attempted fraud. The duo was detained at the Police Special Investigations Unit Headquarters in Kireka.
The arrest of the duo followed a whistleblower report to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs (MODVA about a group that was planning to fleece an investor disguising as MODVA officials.
The fraudsters under the cover of a company named Flagship group purported to be contracted by MODVA 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.
To many Ugandans, Gashumba is that common face on their television screens, discussing a wide range of topics including politics, social life, and entrepreneurship among others. However, a dig into Gashumba’s past reveals that he no stranger to fraud cases, since it’s not the first time he is arrested or charged on a fraud related case.
In February 2011 he was fined 1million after being convicted for attempting to defraud Dfcu Bank of more than 178million shillings. On October 3, 2011 he was arrested again and detained at Kampala Central Police Station for attempting to defraud a Turkish firm.
It was alleged that Gashumba and two others had conspired to defraud Akin CakMark of more than 28million dollars (Shs84billion), by uttering false documents for the supply of 58 fire trucks to the government of Uganda.
Earlier in 2006 and 2008 Gashumba was charged before Buganda road court, on different charges of forgery, obtaining money by false pretense and malicious damage of property.
His daughter Sheila Gashumba, however insists that the current charges against her further are politically motivated.
Who is Frank Gashumba
Born on December 3, 1974 in Villa Maria, Masaka District, Gashumba is a single father of two daughters, and is a Ugandan of Rwandan origin.
He attended St Francis Primary School in Masaka, before moving to Aga Khan Senior Secondary (Masaka). In 1996, Gasumba graduated from Nkumba University where he attained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.
He spent much of his early life in Masaka before moving to Kampala in the early 90s.