Museveni called South Africa’s Ramaphosa over Magara murder

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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President Museveni has admitted he recently called his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa in regards to the murder of Suzan Magara.

The 28-year-old was working as the administrator for the family businesses as well as a cashier for Bwendo Dairy Farm in Hoima was kidnapped in Mengo as she left work to drive home in Lungujja on February 7.

She was held captive for three weeks, before being killed and body dumped in Kitiko Village between Kajjansi and Kigo along the Entebbe Express highway.

Speaking to journalists at State House in Entebbe, President Museveni said he called his South African counterparts in regards to the investigations and arrest of one of the prime suspects.

“Like the girl (Magara) who was killed, one of the suspects is in South Africa but I picked a phone and called president Ramaphosa and action was taken,”Museveni said on Sunday.

The Nile Post has however learnt that Patrick Agaba also known as Pato was recently arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, following the call by President Museveni to his counterpart and also on the request of Interpol Uganda to their South African counterparts.

It is also reported that five other people are in custody over the kidnap and subsequent murder of Suzan Magara.

Efforts are in high gear to have Pato extradited from South Africa to Uganda to face the wrath of the law over the crimes he committed.

Magara’s family recently admitted that they had given everything the kidnappers had demanded but things turned from worse to worst when she was killed.

“Flora Magara(her aunt) delivered what they had asked for and we waited for the good news. On Satuday we didn’t see her. On Sunday it was the same story.I started imagining the reason they could not release her,” John Magara, the deceased’s dad told mourners at Our Lady of Africa Catholic church in Mbuya early this month.

It is said that after the kidnappers were given Shs700 million, Pato took the ransom with him to South Africa from where he was recently arrested.

A security source privy to the investigations recently told the Nile Post that investigators were trying to connect dots on involvement by a family member in the kidnap and subsequent murder of Suzan Magara.

“We sat in meetings together with the family and told them about our next steps but we were surprised that they (kidnappers) were always ahead of us,” the source said.

The source also pointed out that on numerous occasions, when security surrounded places they expected the assailants to be, they would find when kidnappers have just fled and left smashed phones that they were using to communicate to the family members.

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