Hours after he was extradited from Botswana where he had been in detention since February, former Bubulo MP Tony Nsubuga Kipoi was handed over to Uganda Police and driven off to Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja district.
The plane carrying Kipoi touched down at Entebbe International Airport Saturday at 11:00am. Dressed in a checked shirt, blue pair of jeans and maroon shoes, the 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 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.
The duo was handed over to Military police which also handed them over to police for detention.
Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima said that Kipoi will be prepared to face court for his previous cases; Treason and Human Trafficking.
“Today March 3rd, 2018, the above two persons were deported from Botswana back home. The two were recently arrested in Botswana and charged in court there on two counts; illegally staying in the country and falsely obtaining money from citizens pretending to be traditional doctors. Authorities in Botswana declared both personal non grata and deported them back today,” a statement from Kayima reads in part.
“It will be remembered that Mr Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi had cases here before he fled the country. There where two cases of Human Trafficking, Bukedea CRB 393/2013 and Treason CID Headquarters E/439/2012. He was arraigned in courts of laws then, remanded but when court granted him bail, he jumped bail, fled the country and has been a wanted person since then. We cannot stop to thank all those that have enabled us have him here to face justice,” Kayima’s statement continues.
Kipoi was arrested in Botswana capital Gaborone for allegelly obtaining money by false pretense when he pretended to be a witchdoctor with magical powers consequently defrauding four female victims of more than 290,000 Pula, about (Shs111.6m), between May 2017 and January 20, this year.
Kipoi is also accused of fraudulently obtaining P109, 000 (About Shs42m) from one Silvia Nonofo Mmutlwane, who works as a nurse at Bokaa clinic in September last year and the 20th of January 2018 at Molepolole village in Botswana. Kipoi is said to have promised Nonofo to cleanse her of a spirit that fails her to get married.
The former legislator also faces a charge of selling a magic wallet to a Tswana citizen claiming it would increase chances of getting money and also defrauding a one Tshepo Mogomotsi of Shs2m (7000 pula) with promises of blessing him with luck to get employed quickly.
The cases in Botswana are just a tiny pinch of what Kipoi was involved in prior to moving to the Southern African Country.
The former legislator is wanted by the General Court Martial in Uganda to stand trial for treason, theft and several other cases.
Kipoi was arrested in 2012 for alleged theft of a motor vehicle from Botswana, he however jumped bail and ran into exile. He was then rearrested in 2013 in DRC for allegedly recruiting youth to over throw President Museveni.
Kipoi’s arrest came after he was spotted by President Museveni’s advance team for the COMESA summit at Kinshasha Hotel. The Uganda government however according to then ambassador to DRC, James Kinobe chose to let him go citing that aaresting him would give an “unnecessary clout.”
On February 20th 2014, Kipoi lost his seat after Parliament adopted recommendations by its Rules committee that he has missed 15 sittings of the House, without clear reasons explaining his absence.