Embattled Bubulo County MP Tonny Kipoi has up to Wednesday November 27th to appear before parliaments committee on rules, privileges and discipline to explain his continued absence from the house.
Kipoi 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.
Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament recently noted that Kipoi had requested to be granted leave of 90 days to travel to South Africa for treatment. Kipoi stated in his request that he was flying to South Africa to undergo surgery for a medical condition he had been diagnosed with.
The leave which was due to start on 23rd September, 2013 was however not granted.
Basing on a series of controversies surrounding Kipoi and his continued absence, Kadaga directed the rules committee to investigate his conduct and report to parliament by December 20th, 2013.
Fox Odoi, the committee chairperson says that although Kipoi’s whereabouts are unknown, the committee made an attempt to reach him through his official e-mail address and his Parliament pigeon box.
Odoi adds that if he does not appear then they will also resort to advertising him in the newspapers.
The committee is expected to sit on Tuesday next week to carryout plenary matters and study the available documents.
Kipoi now has up to Wednesday the 27th of November to appear before the rules committee.
Government chief whip Justine kasule Lumumba has also been invited to attend the committee’s sitting.
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 last week 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.