“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.
Former Bubulo West MP Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi
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.
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
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.
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
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
He was released on bond by the court martial on June