Kadaga: I Cannot Be Held Accountable for Kipoi's Absence

2348 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
According to Kadaga, she received a request from Kipoi on 20th September 2013 for a leave of absence for three months, starting on 23rd September but she did not grant it.

Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi, the embattled Bubulo West MP doesn't have leave of absence from parliament, the speaker Rebecca Kadaga has revealed. Kipoi was arrested on Sunday from Fataki about 35 km from Mahagi in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after government forces raided a rebel camp.

According to Kadaga, she received a request from Kipoi on 20th September 2013 for a leave of absence for three months, starting on 23rd September but she did not grant it. Kadaga explains that the communication showed that Kipoi was to fly to South Africa to undergo surgery for a medical condition he had been diagnosed with.
 
She observes that the communication was neither signed by Kipoi nor was it backed with any documents to substantiate the grounds for the leave application. Kadaga told parliament on Tuesday afternoon that she was not satisfied that Kipoi had made a good case for his request and therefore rejected the leave application and summoned him to her office but he didn’t show up.
 
Kadaga says she can’t account for the absence of Kipoi from the house. She has issued a written warning to MP Kipoi regarding his conduct and issued him with an ultimatum to appear in the house on Wednesday or else she takes disciplinary action against him.
 
//Cue in: “I received a communication….
 Cue out:…..failing that I will proceed”//
 
Judith Nabakooba and Lt Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the Police and UPDF spokespersons respectively were quoted on Monday by the government owned New vision saying they had not yet received any communication from their Congolese counterparts on the fate of the MP.  The Bubulo West MP is not new to controversy.

Mid this year, Kipoi was picked up fromMatimuku Guest House in Fort Portal, where he was reportedly meeting suspected Congolese rebels. Nabakooba, the police spokesperson said then, the MP was involved in recruiting personnel from Uganda’s security services as well fighters from COGAI, a Congolese rebel group based in Bunia and Ituri. Kipoi was later charged with treason and was released on court bond. 
 

 

About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.