By Salmah Namwanje
The Uganda Police Force have confirmed the arrest of Vivian Chebet the wife to SK Mbuga over charges of money laundering. Vivian was arrested from her home in Muyenga, a posh Kampala suburb, over the weekend and taken to Katwe police station where she is being kept.
Police is working with its counterparts in Sweden on the matter and any time a team of prosecutors is expected from Sweden to work out modalities of extradition if need be.
The police was contacted by Bowman a local law firm working on behalf of Einor Mattson AB Construction Company, a Swedish company that deals in construction with claims that Vivian and her boyfriend back in Sweden diverted 6 million US Dollars approximately 23 billion Uganda Shillings.
Vivian’s boyfriend SK Mbuga is said to have diverted the money to his account and later Vivian and and SK Mbuga’s accounts here in Uganda.
Vivia was arrested in Sweden in 2017, taken to court but she managed to secure bail and flee Sweden on a boat, she later landed in Kenya where she entered Uganda by road.
Vivian and SK Mbuga have since been living a lavish life with many questioning the origin of their wealth.
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.
Last year, the Swedish media reported that the Swedish government had requested for assistance from the Uganda government to have Mbuga and his wife Chebet arrested. Uganda and Sweden do not have an extradition treaty between them.