31 December 2012

Uganda: Lawmaker Arrested on Treason Charges

BUBULO West MP Tony Nsubuga Kipoi has been remanded to Luzira Prison on treason charges. The legislator was charged at Buganda Road Court this afternoon along with seven others.

Kipoi pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded until January 15th.

The Police had preferred a holding charge of treason against Kipoi, who was arrested on Sunday 23rd in Kabarole district in connection with alleged subversive activities and was being held at the Police's Special Investigations Unit in Kireka.

The Police said in a statement that at the time of his arrest, Kipoi was holding a meeting with some Ugandan security officers and Congolese rebel officers. The alleged officers and rebels were also arrested.

The Police said prior to Kipoi's arrest, they had been closely monitoring him for his alleged involvement in subversive activities in and out of the country.

"In particular, he has been recruiting personnel from our security services as well as Congolese rebels belonging to a Congolese rebel group called COGAI. The group is based in areas around Bunia and Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had promised to support the rebel groups with firearms," Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba said in the statement.

The Police said they also had information that Kipoi, who is also being probed on charges of drug trafficking, was working with the support of foreign sponsors, whose identities, the Police declined to divulge.

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