“We wish to inform the public that the Directorate of Crime Intelligence has arrested, a one Olimu Charles Sipapa, who was on the Police wanted list, for an alleged Aggravated Robbery, which occurred at the home of Jacob Arok, in Kawuku-Bunga, on the night of 28.08.2022. Arrangements are in place to hand him over to the CID task team at Kampala Metropolitan Police, for further interview and court action. The police leadership has commended the tireless efforts of the CID and CI task teams in arresting and helping to bring the suspect to justice. This now brings the number of suspects arrested to five. Any new developments shall be communicated accordingly.
SCP Fred Enanga
6.09.2022” (Uganda Police Force, 06.09.2022).
“UPDATE: Charles Olim alias Sipapa and the co-accused have been produced at Makindye Chief Magistrate Court and charged with 6 counts of aggravated robbery. They have been remanded to Luzira till 18/9/2022 when the case will come up for mention” (Criminal Investigations Directorate-UPF, 09.09.2022).
“The alleged South Sudanese man whose $429,000 USD was stolen in Kampala has been identified in as Jacob Nul Mayen Arok, the current Managing Director of the South Sudan National Pension Fund. He was appointed last year in July 2021 as the Managing Director of SSNPF” (Agany Malleher, 09.09.2022).
This week the world has turned on Charles Olim aka Sipapa. He went from being untouchable and a man of wealth. His was able to get away with flaunting his fortunes, vehicles and whatnot earlier in this year alone.
This here case is really special in two regards, the robbery of the South Sudanese gentlemen is wrong. However, it is also striking how quickly the South Sudanese gentleman gained his wealth. The South Sudan National Pension Fund (SSNPF) Managing Director Jacob Arok has amassed a massive fortune too in a little over year. Which he was able to have in cash in his Kampala home.
That’s why this story is important. Not only because a legendary and mysterious wealthy man like Sipapa stole the cash and valuable belongings from this home. No, it shows how someone who gets appointed into office in Juba is able to “eat”. I doubt that the Managing Director has such a vast salary and perks, which makes it possible to earn such amounts of money that fast.
For Arok it was his turn to eat and he ate. Nevertheless, it has been uncovered by another legendary man stole his loot. A thief took the cash and now people can question also how the Managing Director acquired all of it. Because, this money comes from somewhere and didn’t come out of nowhere.
Yes, the robbery and theft is wrong. Both in the house in Kampala and whatever blue-collar way it came from Juba. Since, there is a connection there and certainly the cash has been transferred, in one manner or another.
Sipapa has to answer for his sins and what he did. Nevertheless, the Arok has to answer for his too. Since, how did he get all this money and so fast? That’s a miracle and a fountain of cash. There must be more to the story.
We don’t know how Sipapa became wealthy and a socialite of some sense. He was able to be a mystery and expensive vehicles. If that was made out of thieving or not, we don’t know, but he was caught now. That’s done because the signal of one of the stolen phones showed where the stolen goods was at. This is was a futile enterprise and backfired on Sipapa. Since he has gotten away and been able to live large for so long.
Now, I wonder if the South Sudanese authorities will look into the questionable amount of cash and fortunes of Arok. Because, the robbery actually unravelled that. It shows how it is possible to get wealthy super quick.
That’s why this story is important for all the implications and the many sort of issues it creates. First, why has Sipapa been so shielded and how did he get wealthy? Secondly, why did it take so long to arrest him? Third, how did Arok have this money in his home and all the fancy gadgets too? Fourth, will Juba or the Authorities there look into the acquired wealth of Arok?
That’s what I wonder about today. There are so many loose ends and we need more details to get to the core. Both about Sipapa and Arok. They were to strangers who are now connected by different cons. They both are sought of caught and we can wonder what is happening next. Peace.