Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki the UPDF’s deputy spokes person and Brig. C.K Asiimwe the deputy Director Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) are being dragged to the courts of law by city businessman, Frank Gashumba.
In a letter from Mr. Gashumber’s lawyers Kagazi & Co. Advocates together with M/s Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates addressed to the attorney General and the above-mentioned officers, he alleges that his 2017 arrest was illegal and a gross violation of his rights.
Gashumba, in press statement he issued, narrates that on Monday 30th, 2017 he was arrested and detained at the CMI headquarters in Mbuya and Kireka where he had gone to check on his brother innocent Kasumba.
He further states that Kasumba had earlier in bene abducted from his home in Buziga on Saturday October 28th, 2017 and detained at the CMI headquarters. Upon receiving news of his brother’s arrest, Gashumba made a follow-up to find out what had happened to him.
It’s upon his arrival at the CMI headquarters that he was also arrested and detained on accusations that he had committed several crimes that were never disclosed to him.
On top of these false accusations against Gashumba, he and his brother were kept incommunicado in illegal detentionand were only presented in court after 48 hours.
Uganda’s law states that any suspect must be produced in court within 48hrs after arrest.
Gashumba continues to narrate that while in detention, he faced several other violations like an illegal searching of his home in Gaba and his offices in industrial area and later taking photos while in handcuffs; images that were later on released to the media where they were published.
In doing all this, Gashumba pins Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Brig. C.K Asiimwe stating that they took a lead in commanding the violation of his rights.
Uganda’s law now permits that in such circumstances, an officer that violates one’s rights can be sued as an individual by criminal or civil charges being preferred against him.
Lawyers say that on November 1, 2017 the mentioned officers deliberately violated Gashumba’s rights by parading him before the press together with his brother barefooted and in handcuffs.
This press briefing was broadcast live on major TV stations which was a public shaming exercise and has caused him several business losses like where he mentions that last year, he missed a deal worth $350,000 when his clients revisited pictures and videos that were published.
The false allegations culminated into a criminal court case No. 925/2017 which was dismissed on November 7, 2019 at Buganda road Chief Magistrates court, which indicates it was intended malicious charges.
On the discharge order, issued by her Worship Stella Maris Amabilis Odong it is indicated that Gashumba was charged with 21 counts including; uttering false documents, illegal possession of necotic drugs, false declaration, giving false information and disobedience of statutory duties.
This left Gashumba wondering that on the day the army made an illegal search at his home and offices, they purportedly recovered forged passports and narcotic substances.
He explains that operatives tormented members of his home as they took positions to start the illegal search at his home, searching every room and taking photos of whoever was found in his home.
Gashumba is seeking justice and clearing his image since he was judged, sentenced and convicted in the media which gave the public and impression that him and his brother were convicted criminals.
This is the basis for Gashumba to ask for a compensation of 10 billion shillings for his tainted name for no factual reason but only to certify the officers who misused their offices to violet his rights.
For the entire period this matter was before court, no single witness was produced, or evidence adduced before court by the prosecution on the false recoveries at his home and office.