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Uganda flees Congo rebels

 

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has withdrawn treason charges against former Bubulo West MP, Tony Kipoi Nsubuga. Kipoi has been facing treason charges at the Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court after he declined to sheepshily support all the wishes of president Museveni’s government.

Tony Kipoi was jointly charged with seven other UPDF soldiers. The prosecution failed to adduce evidence after failing to get prosecution witnesses to testify against the suspects. Kipoi first appeared in court in 2012 over allegations of recruiting people into rebel activities. He was later released on 10 million shillings cash bail by Uganda High Court Judge, Lameck Mukasa.

The Director of Public Prosecution has no interest in the case because the case was supposed to be tried by Court Martial,” state prosecutor Barbra Masinde told court presided over by Justice Rugadya Atwookion on Thursday at High Court in Kampala.

Defense lawyer Dalton Oponya told court that the DPP had failed to get evidence to pin the co-accused who were still on remand.  President Museveni’s government had alleged that the legislator had been recruiting personnel from Ugandan security as well as Congolese rebels belonging to COGAI, a rebel group based in Bunia in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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