February 28, 2014

Kipoi Arrested, Interpol Red Alert Issued For Him

Tony Nsubuga Kipoi, the MP for Bubulo County West, in Manafwa District. PHOTO BY GEOFFREY SSERUYANGE
Tony Nsubuga Kipoi, the former MP for Bubulo County West, in Manafwa District. PHOTO BY GEOFFREY SSERUYANGE

Former Bubulo West Member of Parliament Kipoi Tonny Nsubuga has been arrested by the police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

He is currently detained in the DRC capital Kinshasa pending his extradition to Uganda.

The Uganda Police Force says it has made a formal request for Kipoi’s extradition through its Directorate of Interpol and International Relations. Interpol has issued a red notice alert for Kipoi.

The red notice filed under 2014/11357 was issued yesterday by the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France.

Kipoi is wanted for being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle registration number B534 AHM Volkswagen, gold in colour that he was found in possession of in June last year. An original investigation at Mutungo Police station under the file number CRB 1034/2013 led to his prosecution at the Nakawa Chief Magistrates court in July.

Kipoi pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in July. However, he left the country to go for medical treatment in the DRC and has not returned since then.

Interpol Uganda Director Asan Kasingye confirmed this morning that Kipoi has been arrested by the Congolese police and he is currently detained in Kinshasa. Ugandan Ambassador to DRC Major James Kinobe has initiated talks for his repatriation and it is believed he will be flown into the country anytime next week.

Kipoi lost his seat in parliament last week after parliament adopted the resolutions of the rules and privileges committee that he had missed over 15 sittings of parliament without reason.

Kipoi is wanted in four other countries on different crimes. He is wanted in the DRC for treason, in Botswana for false presence, and in Columbia and Brazil for drug trafficking.

The Interpol red notice mandates the DRC government to hand over the suspect to the Ugandan authorities. It was issued following a request from the Interpol directorate in Uganda for him.

Kipoi’s case before the court has however been withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions and charges of treason were preferred against him in the court martial yesterday.

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