Witness Fails to Show Up for Tony Kipoi Case

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Maj. Raphael Mugisha, the State Prosecutor, told court presided by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti that the witness whose details couldnt be disclosed for protection purposes was unable to be in court on time.

The trial of former Bubulo West Member of Parliament Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi and five others has flopped at the General Court Martial due to the absence of witnesses.

Kipoi's co-accused are Sgt Yunus Lemeriga , Sgt Albino Okeng, L/Cpl Adams Mawa, L/Cpl Rogers Mweru, formerly attached to the Armoured Brigade headquarters and Pt Saidi Dodola, who was formerly attached to the elite Special Forces Command.

The group is charged with undermining national security contrary to Section 130 (1) of the Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF.

On Tuesday, Maj. Raphael Mugisha, the State Prosecutor, told court presided by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti that the witness whose details couldn't be disclosed for protection purposes was unable to be in court on time. 

Maj Mugisha asked for an adjournment to allow the witness time to come and testify against the accused on August 14th 2018. 

However, Kipoi's lawyer Retired Maj Ronald Iduuli and the accused persons were all in court ready to proceed. 

The prosecution alleges that between 2011 and 2012 in Kampala, Mpigi, Luwero Entebbe, Fort Portal, Mbale Masaka and Nakasongola, the accused conceived a plot to overturn the government of Uganda. 

They reportedly organized meetings, mobilized funds, acquired firearms and military training in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited people into Allied Democratic Forces-ADF ranks.

Kipoi was arrested in Botswana in January 2018 for allegedly posing as a witch doctor and conning millions of people. 

Before he was arrested, a warrant of arrest had been issued against him following reports that he had been recruiting people in both Uganda and DRC to overthrow the government of Uganda and financing activities of the ADF.

This case was last heard in May with prosecution presenting their first witness Sargent Naswagi Semahera of Uganda People's Defense Air Forces (UPDAF).

In his testimony, Semahera pinned the accused persons, saying that he used to follow them to attend their meetings.  

This case shall return to court on August 14th, 2018 for further hearing.