The man accused of planning the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara is reportedly part of a larger racket of cross border hardcore criminals who steal high performance vehicles from South Africa and sell them in Uganda.
The suspect, Mr Patrick Agaba, popularly known as Pato, is also wanted in South Africa for theft of three vehicles that were airlifted to Entebbe airport and cleared into the country last December.
He used to call himself the only recognized Mutoro in Society. This is Patrick Agaba commonly known as Pato. He drove only posh cars ranging from MeRcedes Benz AMG G55, Ranger Rover vogue, Audi A3 and others all in customized South African number plates bearing his name PATO.
Those who know his background say, Pato was poor four years ago. Hoow could he have amassed all this wealth in a period of less than five years? This takes me back to an article I wrote when Susan’s body has just been found that “as long as authorities in Uganda still allow people to throw around money without tracing their sources, such things are bound to happen”
Security sources in South Africa say that they had received a request from Interpol South Africa to trace the three cars, among which is a Mercedes Benz, a Posche and a Range Rover.
“Pato is part of a big racket of criminals involved in theft of cars out of South Africa,” the source revealed, adding that his accomplices were being sought.
The source in South Africa revealed that Mr Agaba is expected back in Randburg Regional Court in Johannesburg on April 3 for the hearing of a case in which the Ugandan government wants him extradited to Kampala to face charges of kidnap and murder of Magara, a former administrator at her father’s Bwendero Farm.
Sources in South Africa said Interpol Uganda has already impounded one of the three cars, a Silver Grey metallic Benz. The Benz V8 Biturbo, worth Shs500m, that had been sold to one Abubaker Sengooba, is parked at Interpol offices in Kololo, Kampala.
“We are also looking for the Posche and the Range Rover. Whoever has them let him surrender it to Interpol or else we will get him,” the source added.
The director Interpol, Mr Fred Yiga, confirmed they had impounded the Benz.
“We are looking for a white Range Rover chassis No. SAL GA 2EE1EA137065 and Engine No. 13062416414508PS and a Silver Porsche Cayenne Chassis WP1ZZZ92Z0LA70127, Engine No. M4802GVD00675. Whoever has them should know they are stolen and should surrender them to Interpol,” Mr Yiga said.