Crime & Investigation

Ex-Ugandan MP Arrested over Shs113m Witchcraft Scam in Botswana

Former Member of Parliament (MP) Tony Nsubuga Kipoi

Former Member of Parliament (MP) Tony Nsubuga Kipoi is currently in a Bostwana holding cell on remand as authorities investigate several fraud offenses he committed in the South African nation, local media reported.

The 39-year-old ex-legislator from Manafwa district faces four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

Kipoi, who was at one time arrested in Uganda after being accused of treason in 2012, allegedly swindled his victims out of more than P290, 000 (about Shs113 million) by posing as a traditional doctor.

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A Botswana court received reports that between September last year and January 20, 2018 at Molepolole village, Kipoi, fraudulently obtained P109, 000 from one Silvia Nonofo Mmutlwane, who works as a nurse at Bokaa clinic.

He is said to have masqueraded as a ‘witch doctor’ promising Mmutlwane he would cast a spell to ensure she gets married soon.

The former Bubulo West MP is also accused of selling one Thabea Kebalese Modisapoo a ‘magic wallet’ for P3, 000, which he claimed was enchanted and would increase Modisapoo’s money.

Kipoi is further accused of deceitfully obtaining P175, 000 from one Boitshoko Moloi a teacher at Hatsalatladi in May of 2017, by claiming he could cast a spell to multiply Moloi‘s money.

Finally, on the 1st of February this year in Mogoditshane, Kipoi, with the intent to defraud, obtained P7, 000 from one Tshepo Mogomotsi by promising to cast a spell to guarantee the victim ‘gets employed quickly’.

Appearing in court last Tuesday, local media report, State Prosecutor Mogakolodi Pakati pleaded with court not to grant the accused bail, arguing that there was need for more time to carry out investigations.

Pakati pointed out that Kipoi had only been arrested a week before and the police suspected there were more people he swindled.

Kipoi will appear in court on the 26th of February for mention.

The Ugandan is no stranger to controversy and has been fingered in drug trafficking and theft cases in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.




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