HE WANTS SHS10 BILLION SHILLINGS AS COMPENSATION
By Our Reporter
Frank Gashumba a Kampala based businessman is suing Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence for shs 10.5 billion after grossly violating his rights.
“I have written to the Attorney General with an intention to sue an organ of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence for gross violation of inherent fundamental rights”.
Through my lawyers of M/s Kaganzi & Co. Advocates and Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates , I want the government of Uganda to pay me the sum of UGX 10,000,000,000/= (Ten billion Uganda Shillings) as compensation for the loss and injury caused to me by their fore mentioned actions/omissions, he said
“On Monday, 30th October 2017 i was wrongfully arrested at CMI offices in Mbuya; where i had gone to check on my brother; whom they had arrested and kept incommunicado from Saturday, 28th October 2017”.
Gashumba says his arrest was allegedly based on accusations that he had committed several crimes whose details they did not bother to disclose to him at the time of arrest.
Despite the false nature of these allegations/accusations, CMI kept him and his brother incommunicado and in illegal detention without producing them in a court of law beyond the 48 (forty eight) hours as prescribed under the laws of Uganda.
Gashumba says during this time, he was visited upon by several other gross violations of his inherent fundamental human rights, including; carrying out an illegal search on his home and office premises, photos of which were taken and wantonly released to the press and published.
On Wednesday 1st November 2017, CMI wrongfully/illegally paraded him and his brother while barefooted and in handcuffs, before the media/press.
During this press briefing/public shaming exercise which was broadcasted live on major TV stations and online, several false allegations of commission of crimes were leveled against them and the press was presented with several items and false claims to the effect that he was using these items for criminal activities.
His photos and stories with several unfounded and false allegations of criminal activities, were run by several print, radio, television and online media.
These false allegations/accusations finally culminated in an ill-fated, spurious criminal court case vide Chief Magistrates Court of Kampala Buganda Road Criminal Case No. 925/2017 which was rightfully dismissed on the 7th day of November 2019.
These were deliberate, malicious and intended to dehumanise and irreparably tarnish his good reputation in every sector of his livelihood”.
“I have suffered and continue to suffer gross injustice, severe damage to my good name/reputation, public shame/ridicule, untold mental anguish and significant economic loss, which you are jointly and severally liable to remedy”.
He therefore demands that government immediately undertake the following remedial actions;
- Pay the sum of UGX 10,000,000,000/= (Ten billion Uganda Shillings) as compensation for the loss and injury caused to me by your fore mentioned actions/omissions.
- That you issue and publish or cause to be published, in all the mainstream Ugandan print, radio, television and online media, a public apology to me and a withdrawal of all the false allegations/accusations which you levelled against me.
- That you pay to a further sum of UGX 500,000,000/= (Five hundred Million Uganda Shillings) being my legal fees and costs in respect of this matter.
The above demands should be met within 7 (seven) working days from the date of this letter. Failure to heed to my demands with no option I will take legal action to secure their compliance, at their peril and cost.
By Frank Gashumba