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.