Tonny Nsubuga Kipoi is missing from Luzira Prison.
According to Kipoi’s lawyer Retired Major Ronald Iduli, his client was reportedly picked from Luzira Prison on Wednesday by Military Police claiming that he is to be produced in the High Court Civil Division as per the orders of Justice Musa Sekaana.
On October 10th, 2018, Justice Sekaana ordered government to produce Kipoi in Court on October 17th as his court pronounces itself on an application where Kipoi wanted to block his trial in the Military Court saying that it’s illegal since he is a civilian.
Kipoi is charged in the General Court Martial with six UPDF soldiers for offenses related to security.
The other suspects are; RA 129817 SGT Okeng, RA 140400 L/CPL Rogers Mweru, RA 13014 SGT Yunus Lemertga, RA 2077006 PTE Ifosiga Saidi Dodla, RA 196740 L/CPL Cassim Adams Mawa, RA 37791 CPL James Shimali and RA 37702 CPL Yusuf Kiisa.
Prosecution alleges that between 2011 and 2012 in diverse places in Uganda specifically in Kampala, Mpigi, Luwero Entebbe, Fort Portal, Mbale Masaka and Nakasongola, the accused contrived a plot to over through the government of Uganda.
However, as High court dismissed his application on Wednesday, Kipoi was nowhere to be seen, neither did Geoffrey Atwiine, a representative of the Attorney General explain to Court why the applicant was not produced in Court.
Today, his lawyer Retired Major Iduli has said that he attempted to visit Luzira prison looking for Kipoi but he was denied access to Kipoi on grounds that his client was picked from there by Military Police.
Major Iduli has now said that he and Kipoi’s family including relatives are now worried since they do not know where their beloved one is.
However, Frank Baine, the Uganda Prison Services spokesperson on Saturday confirmed to URN that Kipoi has been transferred from Luzira.
“Kipoi was picked by soldiers from Military Police who presented to us a production warrant from the General Court Martial. You know the Court has discretion on where he can be remanded since it is the one trying him,” said Baine.
Maj. John Bizimana, the Registrar of the general Court Martial told URN he does not know the latest development. ” For us we remanded Kipoi to Luzira Prisons a few months ago, and we know that he is in Luzira. May be if he was remanded somewhere else by another Court but not on orders of the General Court Martial,” added Bizimana.
The Uganda People’s Defense Forces Deputy Spokesperson Lt Col Deo Akiiki could not be reached on phone to explain further Kipoi’s whereabouts.