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Anti-corruption court denies SK Mbuga's wife Chebet bail

Angella Chebet (in red) at the Anti-corruption court in Kololo

Angella Chebet (in red) at the Anti-corruption court in Kololo

The Anti-corruption court has dismissed a bail application filed by Angella Vivienne Chebet, the wife to city socialite Sulaiman Kabangala also known as SK Mbuga. Chebet is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence.     

The prosecution alleges that on April 7, 2015, in Kampala, with the intention to defraud, Chebet obtained Shs 153 million from a from a retired Swedish politician, Sten Heinsoo by falsely pretending that she was facilitating a gold deal whereas not. 

She is also accused of obtaining Shs 168 million from the same person on April 13, 2015, and an additional Shs 108 million on May 28, 2015, through her Barclays bank account, well-knowing that the funds were proceeds of crime.     

She was arrested and charged in a Swedish court in February 2017, but jumped bail and found her way back to Uganda. The same ground was used against her by lady justice Margaret Tibulya to deny her bail today - making reference to circumstances surrounding her arrest, and her clandestine return.

Tibulya observed that Chebet is a flight risk, and is most likely to leave the country before completion of her trial. Chebet had presented five sureties to back her application for bail.

They include her paternal uncle Ismail Lwanga, 65, a commercial farmer from Busunju, her niece Betty Kaiwa and friends; Sarah Kaweesa, Judith Kabaale and Bridget Kiggundu. But Lamunu explained that their substantiality of the sureties was more important than their number.    

Court heard that none of the sureties convinced the judge that they would bring Chebet to court since she has a record of successfully flying from Sweden to Uganda, even when her passport was being held. She is now expected to report back to court on March 27.

Her husband, Mbuga was earlier in February extradited to Sweden after spending almost a year in detention, in the United Arab Emirates over fraud involving Emirati and Omani businessmen. The Mbugas often lived an opulent lifestyle in Kampala of flashy cars and dishing out money at the slightest provocation.

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+2 #1 Odongo Richard Otim 2019-03-13 17:19
Love for money and free life is a great danger to societies.

What kinds of children can this family bring? Is money alone better than leading a moral life?
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0 #2 Eddy seguya 2019-03-13 20:50
Very sad indeed
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0 #3 WADADA roger 2019-03-14 10:10
Eddy Seguya, I hope you are not expecting an answer as if we are at a school debate of sugar is better than salt.

I want to remind you that morals dont flourish in a state of poverty, the problem may be balancing the 2
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0 #4 WADADA roger 2019-03-14 10:13
Whereas it is true that Chebet is facing charges of fraud, money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence, her biggest crime which may lead to her extradition is having two passports, one for Uganda and one for Sweden yet this does not in law amount to dual citizenship.

To Sweden, they would be right to demand that Uganda orders the release of their citizen to stand trial in Sweden, the fact that she has a Ugandan passport can be ignored for that matter more so that Uganda does not have any extradition agreement with Sweden
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0 #5 WADADA roger 2019-03-14 10:16
If I were Chebet, i would immediately denounce the Swedish citizenship, otherwise, Uganda will soon charge her with treason for holding two passports yet officially she has not registered for dual citizenship
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