Former MP Tony Kipoi has been deported to Uganda from Botswana

Former MP Tony Kipoi has been deported to Uganda from Botswana
Former Bubulo West MP Tony Kipoi Nsubuga and his alleged accomplice Robert Kitale after they arrived at Entebbe today. Courtesy Photo

Former Bubulo West MP Tony Kipoi Nsubuga has been extradited from Botswana where he was arrested in January this year posing as a witch doctor.

The plane carrying Tony Kipoi touched down at Entebbe International Airport today at 11am. Dressed in a checked shirt, blue pair of jeans and maroon shoes, the 39-year-old former legislator emerged with both hands and legs in chains. He was led out of the plane by masculine Botswana operatives wearing black shades.

With Tony Kipoi, and also in chains, is another man identified as Robert Kitale, believed to be his personal assistant. The two were escorted by operatives from Uganda’s External Security Organisation (ESO) and Botswana on a chartered plane. They were handed over to Military Police by the Director General ESO, Joseph Ochwet.

Ofwono Opondo, the executive director of Uganda Media Centre, had earlier tweeted saying the extradition followed negotiations by ESO.

According to the Botswana media reports, Kipoi allegedly conned people out of more than 290,000 Botswana Pula, approximately 113 million Uganda Shillings by posing as a traditional doctor.

The government of Botswana has handed him over ESO after a month of negotiations.

Kipoi and Kitale were arrested on the January 31 in Botswana for allegedly remaining in the country illegally and obtaining money by false pretense pretending to be witch doctors.

According to Ofwono Opondo, Military Police and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) will first interrogate them before handing them over to police.

“They want to extract military information from them before they are handed over to Police,” Opondo said earlier today.

Tony Kipoi declined to make a comment on his arrest and repatriation saying he was tired and not in good health.

“I don’t want to talk. I am tired and not feeling well,” he said.

However, Kitale denied having any association with Kipoi.

“I was arrested because I had overstayed in Botswana. I know Kipoi but I was not involved in his things,” Kitale said as he was being led to the Military Police vehicle.

Tony Kipoi, then serving as a Member of Parliament for Bubulo West, escaped from Uganda in 2013 after he was granted bail on charges of treason. He is alleged to have been a Financer of the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebels.

A year later, he was reported to have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for alleged car theft but he went on Social Media and refuted the claims saying he had never been arrested and was a free man.

Attempts by government and DRC to negotiate his arrest and repatriation were all futile.

Kipoi was next heard of when he was arrested in Botswana a month ago.

Kipoi and Kitale appeared at the Broadhurst Court in the Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, and were charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretense.

Prosecution alleged that they went around the city masquerading as witch doctors and defrauded four female victims of more than 290,000 Pula, between May 2017 and January 2018.

Removal from Parliament

On February 18, 2014, Parliament adopted recommendations from the Rules, Privileges and Discipline committee to kick Tony Kipoi Nsubuga out of the House.

This followed investigations by the committee that found the MP guilty of missing 15 consecutive sittings without authorisation from the office of the Speaker.

Fox Odoi, who was the chairperson of the Rules committee at the time, cited Article 83(1) (d) of the Constitution of Uganda and Rule 101 (10) of the Rules of Procedure.

Article 83 (1) (d) of the Constitution makes it mandatory for a Member of Parliament to vacate his or her seat in Parliament if the member is absent from fifteen sittings of Parliament without permission in writing of the Speaker.

The committee recommended that the process of replacing the errant legislator be initiated in accordance with Article 81 (2) of the Constitution and asked Parliament to adopt the recommendations.

Kipoi’s removal from Parliament was the climax of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s September 26, 2013 directive to the Rules committee to investigate the continued absence of Kipoi from parliamentary business.

Kipoi had only attended seven out of the 103 sittings of the second session of parliament and had attended none of the 57 sittings of the 3rd session by the time he was removed.