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Uganda: Court to try couple accused in heist of $429,000 from S. Sudanese businessman

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Monday, November 20, 2023

Socialite Charles Olimu, alias Sipapa (left), and his wife Shamira Rukia Nakiyemba at the Makindye Magistrate’s Court in Kampala on November 10, 2022. (Photo: Daily Monitor).

Kampala socialite Charles Olimu better known as Sipapa and his wife are set to appear in court on December 18th and 19th to hear a case against them where a South Sudanese businessman was robbed of 429,000 U.S. dollars.

Sipapa and Shamira Rukia Nakiyemba were arrested in September 2022 in connection with a robbery of nearly half a million US dollars and valuables from the house of a South Sudanese national in Kampala.

They allegedly broke into the home of Jacob Arok in Kampala and stole the sum, before being netted in a massive police hunt, a week after the incident the same day.

Remanded to the infamous Luzira Prison, the couple has also been linked to 12 charges of aggravated robbery and money laundering, offences for which the maximum penalty is death.

The police also indicated that the new development arose after Sipapa’s fingerprints and DNA samples were across “our Databases” and scientifically matched.

The crimes were committed in a period stretching from the year 2014 to 2022.

Meanwhile, both the prosecution and defense attorneys of the case on Monday, November 20, agreed on the third week of December after sharing all documents and evident that they will use in the trial, Daily Monitor reported.

The prosecution reportedly said it has gathered enough evident to prove Sipapa and his wife engaged in money laundering practices and robbed 429,000 U.S. dollars from South Sudanese businessman Mr. Jacob Arok Mayendit.

Sipapa has since raised concern over delayed investigations by the state in regard to the accusations against him.

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