SK Mbuga found guilty in Dubai, banned from Dubai forever

Vivian Chebet, wife to Sulaiman Kabangala, popularly known as SK Mbuga, a city socialite and a tycoon has been remanded to Luzira over fraud accusations. And according to court she breached Section 305 of the penal code Act.

Ms Chebet aged 33, a nurse and resident of Buziga upper Konge in Makindye division in Kampala on Friday 1st March 2019, appeared before the Chief Magistrates Court at Kololo based Anti- corruption court over fraud allegations.

She is accused of defrauding millions of shillings from his Ex Swedish boyfriend Sten Heinsoo, a Swedish National.

Chebet was arrested in February 15, 2019, after Mbuga was extradited to Denmark from Dubai prison after clearing his debts to face yet another fraud case committed.  Involving $2.6 million (amounting to Shs9.5b) in a spoilt gold deal.

Mbuga was arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and jailed at Awiir Central prison in Dubai, a port city on the Persian Gulf, for defrauding Oman and Dubai businessmen.

Ms Pamela Ocaya, the Chief Magistrate at Kololo based court remanded Chebet, and will then appear for case mention on 6 of March 2019. After she pleaded not guilty on all the six counts charged on her including money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence.

April 7, 2015, while in Kampala, Chebet, SK Mbuga’s wife, allegedly defrauded $152,810,000 from Heinsco Sten, her Swedish boyfriend falsely pretending to facilitate a gold deal transaction.

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

Under money laundering, it’s said Chebet, intentionally obtained Shs152.8m on her Barclays bank account from Sten on April 7, 2015, knowing at the time of receipt that the money was proceeds of crime.

And on April 13, 2015, prosecution states that Chebet, obtained Shs167,8m on her account and on May 25 acquired $107.6m again from Sten.

Chebet, was prosecuted before Anti-Corruption Court on the same day High Court, and Musa Ssekaana directed the State to avail Chebet, on March 4, 2019.

SK Mbuga is a city socialite, money bags best known for riding posh cars and motor bikes as well as living a luxurious lifestyle who’s currently battling with fraud cases.

However, it’s said the city Socialite sold off part of his luxuries to raise Shs1.6b to pay off the Dubai and Oman businessmen he had defrauded before he was released from Dubai prison and extradited to Denmark where he is currently facing another fraud case.

He was jailed for over one year, and released after paying off these two businessmen before he was allowed to face the judge for a sentence.

In 2018, the Swedish media filed a report indicating that the Swedish government had asked Uganda to help them arrest SK Mbuga and wife Chebet.

Uganda and Sweden have no extradition treaty in between.

In February 2017, Chebet was arrested and charged in a Swedish court, but jumped bail and returned to Uganda.