By Najib Mulema

Kampala Central Member of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko has faulted the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) keeping social critic Frank Gashumba in custody beyond 48 hours without taking him to court.

Nsereko has identified the army’s act as an abuse of human rights which he says it’s unacceptable.

The legislator says article 21 clearly states that all people shall be equal before the law so holding Gashumba beyond 48 hours is illegal and unacceptable.

“If you have evidence against him, why not present him in court,” Nsereko inquired.

Early this week, leading opposition figure Dr. Kizza Besigye also questioned the way Gashumba was arrested.

He wondered why his case of narcotics and fake passport is being handled by Military.

He tweeted, “Why is arrest &handling of narcotics (drugs) &fake passport case of Mr Gashumba a MILITARY matter? Smell a rat!!”

Gashumba was arrested on Monday by the Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and on Tuesday he was paraded before the media at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Mbuya.

Defense Deputy Spokesperson Lt. Col Deo Akiiki while addressing the media said Gashumba is under investigation after he was found in possession of fake stamps for different government organizations as well as drugs including marijuana and cocaine.

He is currently being held at the special investigations unit in kireka, since investigations are being conducted alongside the Uganda Police Force.