Top police detectives have flown to South Africa to pick the suspected killer who is believed to have masterminded the killing of Suzan Magara a former cashier at Buwendero Dairy farm in Hoima district.
According to our highly placed police spies, the officers who flew to South Africa include among others Detective SSP Mark Odongo the commandant Criminal case file tracking task force (CCFTF) under the office of the IGP and Detective SSP Johnson Olala who is the CID commander Kampala Metropolitan police.
Our spies told us that before the top detectives boarded a South African bound flight, they first held a meeting in the office of the minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Maj Gen Severino Kahinda Otafire last week.
The meeting was also attended by the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola, minister of Internal Affairs Maj Gen Jeje Odongo, AIGP Abas Byakagaba the director Counter Terrorism but who is the overall supervisor of the case.
It’s from that meeting that they agreed on plans of how to fly to South Africa and pick the suspected killer Patrick Agaba aka Pato who is believed to have flown after the murder incident happened.
Our spies revealed that while in the meeting with minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs, the police investigators said that according to the evidence so far gathered on the murder, they are just remaining with the statements of Patrick Agaba and few of the relatives of the deceased to complete their investigations.
Two brothers, who were cousins of kidnap and murder victim Susan Magara, were also recently arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), security and family sources said. A family member, who asked not to be named, said Wycliffe Musinguzi and Daniel Muhanuzi were arrested in Kampala and have since remained in CMI custody.
This brings the number of individuals so far arrested in connection to the heinous crime to at least six, including Bob Kibirango, Ronald Asiimwe aka Kanyankore, Apollo Akankunda, the officer in-charge of Kigo Central Prison, and Patrick Agaba aka Pato, who was recently arrested in South Africa.
Investigators reportedly found Akankunda’s phone number in the print-out matrix of the phones that the kidnappers used to contact the deceased’s family.
Magara, an administrator at her father’s Bwendero Farm, was kidnapped in Mengo in Kampala on February 7 as she was driving to her home in Lungujja.
She was held captive by her kidnappers for three weeks, killed and her body dumped in Kitiko Village between Kajjansi and Kigo on the Southern Bypass. This was after her father, Mr John Magara, had paid a ransom of Shs700 million in an unsuccessful attempt to secure her release.
President Museveni said that recently when he was informed that one of the suspects involved in the gruesome act was hiding in South Africa, “I picked a telephone and rang [South African] President [Cyril] Ramaphosa myself … and action was taken.”
Museveni disclosed the development during a joint press conference with his Rwandan Counterpart Paul Kagame to clarify that the reports about tensions between Kampala and Kigali had escalated due to lack of coordination between officials.