Ugandan Member of Parliament Arrested in DRC Jungles

November 7, 2013 9:56 am0 comments by:

A Ugandan Member of Parliament is among the rebels who have been arrested in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo say Tony Nsubuga Kipoi the Bubulo West Member of Parliament, was arrested last week, after the Congolese national army raided, a rebel training camp in Fataki town.

News of the MP’s arrest has come as a shock to his colleagues, in the Ugandan parliament who thought he had travelled to South Africa for treatment.

According to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Uganda’s Parliament, MP Kipoi had requested to be granted leave of 90 days to travel to South Africa for treatment.

The Speaker said she declined to grant the MP leave but was shocked to hear in the local media that he had been arrested in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Speaker Kadaga now says Kipoi has to appear in Parliament at the next sitting or else face disciplinary action.

MP Kipoi is not new to controversy, in December 2012; he was arrested by the Ugandan security for allegedly recruiting and arming rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had been out on bail before being arrested last week in Congo on similar charges.

Kipoi also faces charges of drug trafficking back home in Uganda.

The MP had  served in Uganda’s spy body the Eternal Security Organization-ESO before becoming the Member of Parliament for Bubulo West.

Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda the Uganda’s Ministry of Defense and Army Spokesperson told the Continent Observer this morning that army was not aware of Kipoi’s whereabouts.

Ankunda says said he had heard of the reports of the arrest MP’s arrest in Congo but he was yet to get details of his arrest.

The Congolese national army with backing from Tanzanian and South African troops is carrying out offensive against rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.






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