According to the story, Kipoi was arrested for overstaying his visit making him a prohibited immigrant. Uganda Radio Network has learnt that Kipoi travelled to Botswana upon his release from custody in Uganda and has been in detention since October 15th, 2020.
Former Bubulo West MP Kipoi in Civilian Clothes Together with his co accused UPDF Soldiers
The former Bubulo
West Member of Parliament, Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi has been rearrested in Botswana,
a month after being acquitted of treason charges in Uganda. A story in The
Monitor Newspaper of Botswana indicates that Kipoi is locked up at Urban Police
Station Gaborone following his arrest from Tlokweng Village, near the country’s
According to the story, Kipoi was arrested for overstaying his visit making him
a prohibited immigrant. Uganda Radio Network has learnt that Kipoi travelled to
Botswana upon his release from custody in Uganda and has been in detention
since October 15th, 2020.
The Monitor Newspaper quotes Kipoi’s
lawyers saying that their client was awaiting the regularization of his
application for a residence permit with the Immigration Department. The lawyers
also say Kipoi was meant to return to South Africa but was limited by travel
The lawyers say their client should be released and not be
extradited to Uganda because he is running away from Uganda and should be taken
to South Africa, where he has citizenship. “The client
has always applied for the extension of his days in the country, and has always
entered the country lawfully,” Kipoi’s lawyer is quoted by The Monitor.
The Lawyers have given Government an ultimatum for his conditional release,
saying he isn’t guilty. Kipoi’s
lawyer retired Major Ronald Iduuli who handled his treason case in Uganda
People’s Defense Forces-UPDF General Court martial told URN that he hasn’t been in contact with Kipoi
since his release in September.
He explained that whenever Kipoi is out
of Uganda, he is represented by a lawyer based in that country. Iduuli says he
can’t get to know what is happening to Kipoi unless he initiates contact. “I didn’t know he was under custody, but I have
taken a long time without talking to him, and this I am hearing for the first
time,” Iduuli said.
This isn’t the first
time Kipoi is being arrested in Botswana. In February 2018, Kipoi was arrested
in Botswana and charged with obtaining money by false pretence as he practised
witchcraft. He was extradited to Uganda in March of the same year.