Buganda Road Court has ordered police to hand Frank Gashumba’s passport back to him.
Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda made the ruling in an application in which Gashumba requested for his passport so as to attend the 20th International Conference on Ecotourism and Biodiversity in Rome.
Gashumba’s passport was confiscated by police following his arrest by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and subsequent charge with 14 counts including impersonation, unlawful possession of narcotic drugs and forgery.
According to prosecution, Frank Gashumba and his co-accused, Innocent Kasumba alias Simon Mutabazi and Ismail Kiyingi are accused of forging stamps for various ministries of the government of South Sudan including ministry of Health, ministry of Education and Sports, ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, ministry of Justice.
They are also charged with conspiracy to commit a felony by obtaining money by false pretence when they offered contracts to Kolgvan M. Dirutop and Manu Meerscghman to supply trucks troop carrier, heavy machines, water tanks among others to Uganda’s Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs.
While requesting for his passport, Gashumba asked for the dismissal of the charges, however, the magistrate dismissed it on grounds that he has not adduced evidence on why court should dismiss the charges.