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Tears as family comes to terms with Suzan Magara’s death

The casket with Suzan Magara’s body arrived at church in Mbuya: COURTESY PHOTOS

The father of Suzan Magara has revealed that the discovery of her body is a big relief to the family.

Speaking at her requiem mass at Our Lady of Africa Church Mbuya, a visibly crestfallen John Magara revealed the ordeal the family has been going through ever since Suzan went missing.

“We’ve had difficult days since we started looking for Susan.”

This started shortly after she went missing. According to Magara, on the second day of her missing the kidnappers contacted his wife demanding ransom of Shs3 billion to set her free.

“They contacted her again and she started negotiations. Later, I asked her to allow me take charge of this…let me discuss with these people. In my mind, I thought I was dealing with cheap criminals….ordinary criminals who would probably wear out, thinking their main motive was money,” he told hundreds of mourners, adding:

“But as the days went by and the things they asked for, things became difficult. Sometimes they would take days without calling.”

Mourners at the Requiem Mass in Mbuya.

“Two days before yesterday, they delivered two of her fingers and a recording of a video. I delivered it to police without watching it. I asked them to tell me what was in it,” Mr Magara narrated.

After 20 days of missing, her body was found on Tuesday along the Southern Bypass off the Entebbe expressway in Kigo.

“Yesterday morning at 9am, I got a call from the President [Museveni], he informed me that my daughter had been killed. He asked me to go and identify the body. On reaching the scene, the body was very fresh; she had been killed that very night. It gave me some relief that she was dead and we wouldn’t be looking for Susan anymore,” Magara said. However, he added that the family lives in fear now. “We live in fear now because we do not know the motive… we wait for answers.”

Speaking earlier at the same function, Susan’s younger sister Cindy Magara also expressed her fears following the death of her big sister.

“Kidnap and unresolved killings, how long will this continue? Who is next? Why are unregistered numbers still in use? May we find justice for all the people that have been killed,” Cindy told mourners.

 

A priest incenses the casket at Mbuya

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