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SK Mbuga’s wife remanded to Luzira prison over fraud

Angella Chebet, the wife to businessman and socialite Sulaiman Kabangala popularly known as SK Mbuga has been remanded to Luzira Prison on fraud charges. COURTESY PHOTO

Angella Vivienne Chebet, the wife to businessman and socialite Sulaiman Kabangala popularly known as SK Mbuga has been remanded to Luzira Prison on fraud charges.

Ms Chebet, 33, a resident of Buziga, Upper Kkonge in Makindye Division was arraigned before the Chief Magistrates Court at the Kololo based Anti-Corruption court for allegedly defrauding millions of shillings from a Swedish national.

She was arrested mid-February this year after her husband; Mbuga was extradited to Denmark to also face charges related to fraud.

Mr Mbuga was arrested in the United Arab Emirates locked up at the Awiir Central jail in Dubai, a port city on the Persian Gulf, over fraud involving Dubai and Oman businessmen.

He now faces another fraud case in Denmark involving $2.6m (about Shs9.5b) in a gold deal gone bad.
At the Kololo based court, Chief Magistrate, Ms Pamela Lamunu Ocaya remanded Ms Chebet till March 6 when she appears for mention.

She was charged but denied all the six counts of obtaining money by false pretence and money laundering.

It is alleged that on April 7, 2015 in Kampala, with intent to defraud, Ms Chebet obtained $152,810,000 from Heinsoo Sten by falsely pretending to facilitate a gold deal or transaction whereas not.

The state contends that on April 13 2015, Ms Chebet obtained $167,595,200 from the said Sten pretending to facilitate another gold deal and that on May 28, Ms Chebet allegedly obtained $107,640,000.

On the charges of money laundering, it is stated that on April 7, 2015, Ms Chebet intentionally acquired Shs152.8m on her Barclays Bank account from Sten knowing at the time of receipt that the funds were proceeds of crime.

Prosecution states that on April 13 2015, Ms Chebet acquired Shs167.5m on her account from Sten and on May 25 another $107.6m.

Ms Chebet was arraigned before Anti-Corruption Court on the same day High Court, Musa Sekaana ordered the state to present her on March 4 this year.

Mr Mbuga is known for living a luxurious lifestyle and driving posh cars, but he had reportedly sold off some of them to raise the Shs1.6b he paid to Dubai and Oman businessmen before he was let off the hook.

Mr Mbuga was held for over one year to pay up before he could be allowed to see a judge for sentencing.

Last year, the Swedish media reported that the Swedish government had requested for assistance from the Uganda government to have Mr Mbuga and his wife Chebet arrested. Uganda and Sweden do not have an extradition treaty between them.

Ms Chebet had been arrested and charged in a Swedish court in February 2017, but jumped bail and found her way back to Uganda.

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