Ten remanded for selling sim cards used in Magara murder

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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Makindye and Mwanga II grade one magistrates have charged and remanded ten telecom company agents for registering and selling sim cards that were later used in the murder of Susan Magara.

Magara,28, who was working as the administrator for the family businesses as well as a cashier for Bwendo Dairy Farm in Hoima before she 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.

On Friday afternoon, Makindye grade one magistrate, Sarah Namusobya charged five people with registering simcards using other people’s national identity numbers.

They were also charged with obtaining registration of sim cards by false pretence,offences the state says were done in February.

At Mwanga II court,grade one Magistrate Esther Nyadoi also charged five people with similar offences.
They were remanded to Luzira until May 28.

Following the death of Magara,Uganda Communications Commission issued stringent guidelines that included among others,a ban on sim cards registration.

Two weeks ago,a joint security operation by police and the army raided Usafi mosque in Kisenyi a Kampala suburb,leading to the arrest of a “key ” suspect the security says was involved in the murder of Magara.

Consequently, a number of suspects including city lawyer Muzamilu Bikanga were arrested in connection with the crime.

Others arrested over their alleged involvement in the kidnap and subsequent murder of Magara include Bob Kibirango and Ronald Asiimwe also known as Kanyankole, whereas Patrick Agaba alias Pato who is believed to have taken the ransom money was arrested in South Africa but the Ugandan government is awaiting a court process before having him extradited back home.

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