Arrested controversial businessman Jack Pemba has for the last few years been a subject of a joint investigation for money laundering, site officials revealed Tuesday.
Pemba was arrested during the weekend at Entebbe International Airport as he tried to fly out of the country.
Security sources said Pemba was apprehended in compliance of a court order whose details we are yet to establish.
The Former head of International Police in Uganda and now police spokesperson, treatment AIGP Asan Kasingye, revealed that the body was investigating Pemba for money laundering.
Kasingye told journalists at police headquarters in Naguru that he was not aware of the arrest but revealed there were ongoing investigations into the businessman’s financial activities.
“I read about the arrest in papers but by the time I left Interpol, we were working with our counterparts from Tanzania to investigate him after getting complaints of being involved in money laundering,” said Kasingye.
It remains unclear where Pemba is arrested. But by Monday morning, he was still detained at Entebbe Airport police.
Pemba a few years ago went on a spending spree in public places despite his source of income remaining a mystery.
He also ventured into sports activities such as boxing and recently donated balls to the country’s football governing body, FUFA.
However, Pemba was last week named in a Shs 2.5bn illicit gold deal.