By Charles Etukuri
The Police on Wednesday, September 21, confirmed they had arrested the mother-in-law of embattled city socialite Charles Olim alias Sipapa on allegations of hiding some of the exhibits that were robbed from a Sudanese businessperson.
Annet Nsamba was arrested on Sunday evening, September 18, and taken to her home that Police sources declined to reveal, where they allegedly recovered some items that Sipapa’s wife and co-accused, Sasha Shamilah Nakiyimba, had reportedly given her.
Nsamba is said to be still detained at Kabalagala Police Station in Kampala.
“Yes, I can confirm we arrested her and she is helping us recover the robbed items,” a detective told New Vision.
On Tuesday, September 20, Sipapa’s lawyer, Robert Rutaro, revealed at Makindye Chief Magistrate that Shamilah’s mother, who had been left to take care of her child, had been arrested.
“As I speak, the mother of accused number two in whose care and custody the said baby was left is also under arrest. It is not clear where she is. We expected her to be arraigned here today before you, but she is not here. Accused number two is suffering from the pains on her breasts. She is a breastfeeding mother,” Rutaro said.
He appealed to court to release her on bail, which the magistrate rejected, saying the court didn’t have jurisdiction.
The magistrate instead ruled that she be allowed to go with the child to prison.
On September 6, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they were hunting for Sipapa on aggravated robbery charges.
This was after some exhibits of evidential value were recovered from the socialite’s home following the August 29 night robbery in the home of a South Sudanese national, where Sipapa and his gang allegedly robbed cash $429,000 (about sh1.6b), four iPhones, two Apple laptops, a DELL laptop, gold jewellery for his wife and a 65-inch Samsung TV set, among others.
Enanga revealed that during the subsequent investigations, detectives tracked down an iCloud signal from one of the stolen iPhones that led them to the socialite’s home at Kityo close, Buwate in Kira Division.
“They interviewed the occupants who told them that the home belonged to Sipapa, who was not at home. He had travelled to Tororo district. A thorough search was conducted in the home in the presence of Nakiyimba and exhibits of evidential material, allegedly stolen from the home of Arok recovered. They included $70,000 (sh267m), four iPhones, three laptops, gold jewellery, an iPhone charger and a Mac Pro charger,” Enanga said.
Police also recovered two registration number plates, UBG 025B and UBA 023U.
Also recovered was an assortment of car accessories which included two amplifiers, six tool boxes, four sports vims, a rear car seat, 12 headlights, indicators, Jeep bumper, V8 bumper, V8 rear boot doors, bonnet, three radiators, four inner door shutters, V8 rear boot doors and seven grills. Two cars; a Jeep and Audi, without registration plates had been re-sprayed with a red colour and found in the compound.
On September 7, Sipapa was arrested by the Directorate of Crime Intelligence and handed over to Kampala Metropolitan Police.
Sipapa and his wife were remanded by the Makindye Magistrate’s court to Luzira prison, after being charged with six counts of aggravated robbery.
Court was told that Sipapa and Nakiyimba and others still at large during the night of August 29, 2022, at Bunga-Kawuku, Makindye division in Kampala district robbed six South Sudan nationals of different items and cash.
One of the victims, Jacob Arok Mul, was robbed of $429,000 (sh1.6b), two mobile phones, an iPhone silver blue in colour valued at $3,200 (sh12m), a Samsung phone and a flat-screen TV 75 inches valued at $4,000 (sh15m).
The state alleged that on the same night the group robbed Mary Ateng of an iPhone 12 Pro Max gold in colour valued at sh5m, a golden belt, and a golden chain – both total valued at $10,000 (sh38m) and two gold rings valued at $500 (sh1.9m).
The state further alleged that the couple and others still at large, robbed Chol Ateng of an iPhone 11 Pro dark green in colour valued at sh800,000, a Dell laptop, a charger valued at $1,000 (sh3.8m), and sh500,000 cash.
The suspects further went ahead and robbed Deng Arok of an Apple Macbook Air laptop valued at sh5m and an iPhone valued at sh5m.
They again robbed another victim, Abig Yar. Sipapa and his wife allegedly stole a laptop and an iPhone all valued at sh5m.
They also robbed James Manyok of sh400,000.