Musumba, Mawanda Still Stranded In India

visit this site search geneva; color: #222222; font-size: small;”>Businessman Mathias Magoola, viagra 60mg who accompanied the two officials, is also still holed up in the country.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem, told Parliament on Thursday that Indian authorities are verifying the trio’s travel documents to confirm whether they were entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Interestingly, government through the High Commission in India, on Saturday wrote to New Delhi, clarifying the officials were authorized to carry diplomatic passports.

Oryem explained that government was doing all it could to ensure the return of the troubled trio.


MPs blasted Oryem for handing diplomatic passports to businessmen who misuse them for business deals.

The legislators instructed Oryem to deliver the list of all diplomatic passport holders in the country.

Musumba, Mawanda and Magoola who runs a mining company in Uganda, were arrested in India for reportedly attempting to extort $20M (Shs53bn) from proprietors of an Indian company, Videocon.

The trio was picked from a luxurious five-star Trident Hotel by police after allegedly threatening to arrest four directors of electronics giant, Videocon.

The Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, James Mugume confirmed the arrest in an interview with Chimpreports on Saturday morning.

“Yes, it’s true they were briefly arrested on Friday night. 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.

He further stated the Uganda High Commissioner was “in touch with Indian authorities to solve this issue; we are optimistic everything will be fine.”

India newspaper Mumbai Mirror reported 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 Police 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).

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