Bubulo West MP Tonny Kipoi has been granted a second opportunity to defend his absence from parliament and his questionable conduct.
Kipoi who was recently arrested among rebels in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo after the Congolese national army raided, a rebel training camp in Fataki town is being investigated by Parliament committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline.
The investigation follows a directive by Rebecca Kadaga; the Speaker of Parliament after controversies surrounding the MP and his continued absence from the august house.
He was expected to appear before the committee today in response to summons issued earlier but instead city Lawyer Fred Mukasa Mbidde wrote stating that he had been appointed by the MP to appear on his behalf. There however was no proof for the directive.
In his communication, Mukasa Mbidde was also seeking an adjournment of today’s hearing.
Fox Odoi, the committee chairman rejected Mbidde’s letter saying there was no evidence to show that Kipoi had appointed a legal representative in the matter.
Odoi demands that Fred Mukasa Mbidde or his law firm Mbidde and Company Advocates should furnish the committee with the instruction from Kipoi before they can be accepted as legal representatives for the MP.
The committee subsequently extended the summons for the second time requesting Kipoi to appear in a week’s time before the committee.
Odoi adds that the summons will be released in the local news papers, to the Mp’s last known address, his pigeon hall and other possible avenues notifying him of his requirement before the committee.
MP Kipoi is not new to controversy, in December 2012; he was arrested by the Ugandan security for allegedly recruiting and arming rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had been out on bail before being arrested recently in Congo on similar charges.
Mid this year, he was picked up from Matimuku Guest House in Fort Portal, where he was reportedly meeting suspected Congolese rebels. The MP was allegedly involved in recruiting personnel from Uganda’s security services as well fighters from COGAI, a Congolese rebel group based in Bunia and Ituri.
He was later charged with treason and was released on court bond. Kipoi also faces charges of drug trafficking Uganda.