SCANDAL: Musumba, MP Mawanda Arrested In India Over Shs53bn

tadalafil geneva; font-size: small;”>Isaac Musumba, MP Michael Mawanda (Igara East) and a one Yakuba Mathai who runs a mining company were on Friday picked from their hotel by police after allegedly threatening to arrest four directors of electronics giant, Videocon.

Deputy Police publicist Patrick Onyango told Chimpreports on Saturday the law enforcement body had not received official communication from India in relations to the arrests.

“We only heard about it in the media. But we have not received any official information in the last 48 hours,” said Onyango.

But the Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, James Mugume confirmed the arrest.


“However, they have now been released and are now back in their hotel. India authorities are trying to verify some documents. They think the matter can be resolved amicably,” said Mugume.

India newspaper Mumbai Mirror reports that according to police, the trio visited the corporate office of Videocon industries on Thursday afternoon and claimed they had an arrest international warrant for their arrest.

“They met officials at the corporate office and said that they had come from Uganda to arrest four directors of the company against whom Interpol has issued an international warrant.

They claimed that Videocon had invested in a mining business in Uganda in 2009, but the four directors suddenly wrapped up the business within six months, signed a memorandum of understanding with the partner and left the country, duping several investors,” the newspaper quotes a police source.

The officer added: “They told the office staff to inform the four directors about their visit and get in touch with them at the Trident. A legal team from Videocon met them at the hotel. When they asked about the purpose of their visit, the Ugandans told them they would settle the matter if the four directors paid them $20 million. If not, they said, they would arrest them.”

The legal team informed their office of the trio’s demands, upon which Marven Fernandes, one of the directors, approached the police and registered a case against them.

“The MRA marg police registered a case of extortion, fraudulent removal or concealment of property, and common intention against the trio. Though the investigation is on and they are being questioned, we are also checking if the accused have diplomatic immunity,” said Ravindra Shisve, deputy commissioner of police (zone 1).

Two of the accused, Mawanda and Musumba, hold diplomatic passports, but during interrogation, the newspaper reported, they revealed that they had come to India not on diplomatic terms but in their personal capacities.

Musumba allegedly said he had come to provide legal advice to Mathai.

India Police is said to have informed the ministry of external affairs about the issue but are yet to determine if Mawanda and Musumba are entitled to diplomatic immunity.


The revelations could spell doom for Musumba’s hopes of securing the position of Assistant Secretary General for African Affairs at the hugely influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in February said Uganda had been given two months to study the responsibilities that fall under the new docket before taking on the prestigious mantle.

Speaking to journalists in Kampala on February 10, Mbabazi said the job would be taken over by Musumba, the husband of FDC Vice President (Eastern Uganda), Salaam Musumba.

While Uganda had braced itself for the rotational Secretary General seat, Mbabazi observed, for some reasons, Saudi Arabia proposed they take up the post for next five years.

This was during a Conference of Foreign Ministers in Djibouti last year.

“Though it was Africa’s turn, Uganda’s position was to cede to that demand. They (Saudi Arabia) had given persuasive reasons and it was in the interest of OIC for Saudi Arabia to take the seat.”

However, it was then that a new position (Assistant Secretary General for African Affairs) was proposed.

During the OIC Summit in Egypt early this week, Mbabazi said he moved a motion that since “the Djibouti meeting had a ‘twin resolution,’ it was prudent to consider at the same time a new position in name of Isaac Musumba.”

Mbabazi added: “The OIC SG explained that because this was a new position, we had to look at procedures and see how it is managed. This should be done between now and April when the Council of Ministers is due to take place so that the resolution is adopted for Musumba.”

Uganda, which expects to start oil production in next few years, was optimistic that Musumba would help the country benefit from the bloc’s bargaining power for good prices of oil products.

One of the main objectives of the organization is to “exert efforts to achieve sustainable and comprehensive human development and economic well-being in member states.”

It also seeks respect for the right of self-determination and non-interference in the domestic affairs and to respect sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of member states; and also ensure their active participation in the global political, economic and social decision-making processes to secure common interests.

OIC also intends to enhance and develop science and technology and encourage research and cooperation among its members in these fields.

Who is Musumba?

Isaac Isanga Musumba is a Ugandan lawyer and politician.

He served as the State Minister for Regional Foreign Affairs, from June 2006 until May 2011. In the cabinet reshuffle on 27 May 2011, he was dropped from the cabinet and was replaced by Asuman Kiyingi.

He also served as MP representing “Buzaaya County”, Kamuli District, from 1996 until 2011.

He lost to Martin Kisule Mugabi Muzaale, during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries in 2011.

Born in Kamuli District, on 16 December 1961, Musumba attended Namasagali College. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from Makerere University.

He also holds the Diploma in Legal Practice, from the Law Development Center, in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. His degree of Master of Laws (LLM), specializing in tax law, was also awarded by Makerere University.

From 1985 until 1991, Isaac Musumba worked as a Principal Legal Officer in the Ministry of Finance. He then worked as the Administrative Commissioner, at the Uganda Revenue Authority from 1991 until 1993.

In 1994, Musumba was elected to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, serving in that capacity until 1995.

A husband to opposition FDC politician Salaam Musumba, he was elected to the Ugandan Parliament in 1996, to represent “Buzaaya County”, Kamuli District.

He was re-elected in 2001 and in 2006 until he lost the seat in 2001 to Martin Muzaale, incumbent MP.

In 2001, Musumba was appointed State Minister for Planning. He retained his post in a Cabinet reshuffle on 14 January 2005.

In June 2006, Isaac Musumba was appointed State Minister for Foreign Affairs (Regional Affairs), serving in that capacity until May 2011, when he was dropped from the cabinet in a reshuffle.

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