Detectives from the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has grilled the South Sudan government official who was robbed by socialite Charles Olim alias Sipapa.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan police deputy spokesperson revealed that last week, Jacob Arok was summoned at Kabalagala police station where he recorded an additional statement on the alleged aggravated robbery case.
He explained to theGrapevine that Arok was summoned to elaborate on how he obtained the money that Sipapa and his team allegedly stole from him, why he was keeping it in cash in his house and how he brought it into the country.
Detectives who are working on Sipapa’s file told theGrapevine that Arok told them that he has been a businessman in Sudan all his life even before it was divided into North and South Sudan.
He said that he has been dealing in different businesses including importing motor vehicles and he is the owner of a radio station in Juba.
He explained that that is why South Sudan president Silver Kiir appointed him as the Managing Director of the country’s National Pension Fund.
Sources said that Arok refuted claims that the money which was stolen was smuggled from the country’s pension fund which he runs.
He gave detectives the agreement which he signed when selling part of his property to get the stolen money. He said that he was planning to send some of the money to his family in the United Kingdom.
Sources in security told theGrapevine that Arok was summoned after it was suspected that he was one of the foreigners who are involved in money laundering.
Recently, America’s Global Financial Integrity produced a detailed report titled “A Scoping Study of Illicit Financial Flows impacting Uganda” which revealed that money belonging to top government officials in South Sudan, which is stolen from taxpayers in the world’s youngest nations is invested in Uganda.
The report explained that much of the stolen money is used to buy buildings and large chunks of land where the looter establish farms.
theGrapevine has established that detectives from police’s Crime Intelligence Unit have arrested Sipapa’s mother-in-law to help investigators.
Shamim Nakiyimba, wife to Sipapa, who was remanded to Luzira prison told Makindye Court that her mother was also arrested and her whereabouts are not known.
Nakiyimba pleaded with Court to grant her bail so that she can take care of her six-month baby whom she left with her mother upon arrest.
She further told Court that she has a lot of breast pain because she is not breast feeding her baby.
However, she was advised to file her bail application in the High Court because the magistrate’s court doesn’t have powers to grant her bail.
Sipapa and others were charged with 6 counts of aggravated robbery and remanded to Luzira prison.
By Sengooba Alirabaki