Lawyers representing the family of Angella Vivienne Chebet, the wife to city socialite Sulaiman Kabangala aka SK Mbuga, have withdrawn an application seeking to have her produced in High court.
Her lawyers led by Emmanuel Wamimbi withdrew the application before justice Musa Sekaana on grounds that it has been overtaken by events.
Court had issued an order on February 27, 2019, to the inspector general of police and the director of criminal investigations to produce Chebet in court after her family alleged that she had been detained for two weeks at Katwe police station without trial. Chebet was arrested after the extradition of her husband to Sweden to face charges related to fraud.
But police produced Chebet before the Anti-corruption court on the same day that the order was issued. She was subsequently charged with seven counts of money laundering and obtaining money by false pretense.
Prosecution alleges that on April 7, 2015, in Kampala, with the intention to defraud, Chebet obtained Shs 153 million 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. Chebet pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Luzira until March 13.
Chebet had been arrested and charged in a Swedish court in February 2017, but jumped bail and found her way back to Uganda. Her husband SK Mbuga was extradited to Sweden in February after spending almost a year in detention, in the United Arab Emirates over fraud involving Dubai and Oman businessmen. The Mbugas were known for their lavish and flashy lifestyles on Kampala's social scene.