Ex-MP Kipoi To Rot In Botswana Jail After Court Extends His Remand

Ex-MP Kipoi To Rot In Botswana Jail After Court Extends His Remand

 

By Our Reporter

 

Former Ugandan Member of Parliament Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi is set to rot in jail after  court in Botswana decided to  extend his remand, as police investigations into charges levied against him continue.

Kipoi’s remand was extended by the Extension II Magistrate Kamogelo Mmesi on Friday, November 6th, 2020, who said the accused has lots of questions to answer.

Kipoi is battling two charges of re-entering Botswana while declared a prohibited immigrant and obtaining money by false pretenses.

The former legislator for Bubulo West constituency, in Manafwa District, was deported to Uganda in March 2018 after having been arrested by Botswana Police over allegations of masquerading as a traditional doctor and defrauding four female victims of more than P290, 000 (about Shs96.7m) between May and January 2017.

However, at the time of arrest in Botswana, Kipoi was also wanted by the Ugandan government in connection with allegations of plotting to overthrow the Government.

The allegations arose after security agencies picked intelligence to the effect that Kipoi and six soldiers, between November 2012 and December 2013, in diverse places, had convened meetings to recruit soldiers to jeopardise the security of the country, with intent to overthrow government.

Security agencies also alleged that he was one of the people financing the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebel group, which is a terrorist outfit that has reigned terror in several parts of Uganda and DR Congo over the years.

Prosecution alleges that on the 15th of October Kipoi was arrested at his girlfriend’s house in Tlokweng and during arrest, he allegedly produced a waiver which allowed him to re-enter the country.

According to Police investigations, Kipo entered Botswana on the 9th of February and exited on the 9th of March, 2020. However, the authorities suspect his waiver could have been forged.

It is for that reason that the prosecution pleaded with court thus;  “His waiver was issued in August. The police are still investigating how he was issued a waiver while outside the country and how he re-entered the country after crossing the border in March. The investigations also revealed that he is using a South African passport. We plead with this honourable court to give the investigating officers more time to complete their investigations. We therefore apply for extension of his remand.”

However, following the extension of his remand Kipoi has since filed with the High Court his intention to sue Botswana government for unlawful detention, although Magistrate Mmesi decided to grant the investigating officers more time to complete their investigations, while Kipoi rots in jail, until November 13th, 2020, when he will appear for another mention of his case.

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