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Parliament Asks For 10 Days to Verify Kipoi’s UGX 10Billion Claim

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“On the alleged deductions, without your client’s consent, we are in the process of verifying the claims. As you may note, the alleged transactions span a considerable period several years ago”, reads the letter in part.
21 Aug 2019 16:08
Former Bubulo West MP Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi
Parliament has commenced the verification of the arrears being demanded by the former Bubulo West Member of parliament, Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi. 

On July 18th, 2019, wrote informing the Parliamentary Commission of his intentions to sue for alleged paying of his emoluments to the tune of Shillings 254 million and mileage allowances worth Shillings 214 million.

 

The arrears allegedly accumulated between July 2011 and April, 2014 when his seat was declared vacant. A member of parliament currently earns Shillings 11 million each month excluding allowances. 

In his notice, Kipoi accused the Parliamentary Commission of deducting money from his account without his knowledge and consent, saying it deprived him of his entitlements.

He also demanded for compensation of Shillings 10 billion for monetary losses caused to him or else he commences legal proceedings against the Parliamentary Commission should it fail to meet his demands within two weeks.  

The two week’s ultimatum elapsed last week prompting Kipoi to institute a suit against the Parliamentary Commission in the Civil Division of High Court on August 15, 2019 through his lawyer, Shaban Sanywa. 

According to Sanywa, he received a call from parliament informing him that they had started a verification process to ascertain Kipoi’s claims when he served the Commission. However, Sanywa demanded that the Commission puts the communication in writing for record purposes. 

On August 15th, 2019, the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige wrote to Sanywa under reference SW/GEN094/2019 indicating that they are verifying Kipoi’s claims. “On the alleged deductions, without your client’s consent, we are in the process of verifying the claims. As you may note, the alleged transactions span a considerable period several years ago”, reads the letter in part.   

She asked Kipoi and his legal team to give them 10 days to verify the claims. Kibirige however, takes exception to the claims by Kipoi that the Commission didn’t act responsibly in relation to his welfare and failure to give him the necessary support in his time of need, saying “the circumstances, under which Kipoi lost his seat, were beyond the mandate of the Commission.”

In a rejoinder to Kibirige’s letter, Kipoi wrote back through his lawyer on August 20th, 2019 welcoming the verification process. “The said ongoing verification is welcomed, and if you find it convenient, you can indulge us in the process,” reads the letter.

In the letter, Kipoi requests that the verification should also cover his pension and gratuity status, which they intend to include in their application before high court.

 

Background

Trouble for Kipoi started in 2012 when he was arrested and arraigned in the High Court together with six Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldier for treason.  The soldiers are Rogers Mweru, Yunus Lemertga, Ifosiga Saidi Dodla, Cassim Adams Mawa, Sergeant Okeng , James Shimali and Yusuf Kiisa.  

The Director of Public Prosecutions dropped charges against the suspects in 2014 for lack of evidence. At the time, Kipoi had skipped more than 15 Parliamentary sittings prompting the house to adopt recommendations from the Rules Committee to declare his seat vacant.

However, Kipoi was rearrested in Botswana in 2018. He was extradited to Uganda and was arraigned in before the General Court Martial for plotting to overthrow the government of Uganda and remanded to Makindye military police barracks.

He was released on bond by the court martial on June 6th, 2019.        

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