City lawyer arrested over Magara murder

Late Susan Magara’s gruesome murder raised eyebrows (FILE PHOTO)

The joint security team investigating the murder of Susan Magara has arrested Muzamil Bikanga, a city lawyer, in connection with the crime, PML Daily has learnt.

Highly placed security sources told this website that Bikanga was arrested on Thursday after his name was mentioned by suspects arrested during the raid on Usafi Mosque in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb, on Friday.

Sources added that the investigations team had been tracking him after he had reportedly made a telephone contact to Magara’s family shortly before the kidnap.

Bikanga, who is also an official of Bunyoro Kingdom, is also believed to be a relative of Yakubu Byensi, who is said to have escaped during the Usafi Mosque raid. Bikanga was also reportedly known to the Magara family and had contacted Mr John FitzGerald Magara for a business deal shortly before Susan’s kidnap.

When contacted, Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima refused to comment on the arrest of the lawyer and his connection to the murder. “We shall give a report on the investigation when the time is right,” Mr Kayima said.

Since the Usafi Mosque raid, the investigating team has made several strides, arresting 9 suspects in the process.
The suspects have led the security agencies to a house in Konge, Buziga, where they said Magara was being held before she was murdered.

In the process, a video clip showing kidnappers cutting off her fingers to demand ransom from her parents was recovered

The joint security team investigating the murder has also since recovered several phone handsets and SIM cards that it believes were used by her kidnappers in the three-week ordeal.

The suspect also led to detectives the vehicle which was used to transport Magara’s body, eventually leading to the arrest of the owner, who sources say is a woman.

Security sources said the investigations also retrieved several land titles and car sale agreements, which the investigators believe were bought using the Shs700m ransom money.

Among the recovered items is a title of a chunk of land measuring 35 acres that the suspects bought in Buikwe District at Shs140 million.

The suspect also took the investigations team to the various scenes of crime.

They are said to have gone to Buziga first, then to Kabaka Anjagala Road in Rubaga Division, Kampala, where Magara was kidnapped from on February 7 and then Kitiko, between Kigo and Kajjansi near the Entebbe Expressway, where her body was found.

Security agencies have also arrested the owner of the house in Buziga over allegations that he knew of the Magara murder plot.

So far, security has arrested more than 20 suspects over the murder, among them Agaba, and Ronald Asiimwe, aka, Kanyankole.

Suspects have also told investigators that Patrick Agaba, aka, Pato, was part of the group that plotted the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara, PML Daily can exclusively reveal.

Security agencies have for long believed that Agaba, who is Magara’s distant cousin, is the key suspect in the murder and have since March been trying to have him extradited from South Africa to face trial.

Sources close to the investigation on Thursday told this website that the suspects, who have admitted to participating in the murder, have implicated Agaba in the murder.

Pato was arrested in March following a tip off (FILE PHOTO)

Pato was arrested on March 7 by South African police in collaboration with Ugandan security agencies ISO, ESO and CMI.

However, the court in Randburg asked the Ugandan security agencies to present enough evidence that Pato committed crimes that would call for his extradition to face trial here.

As part of the evidence presented in the court in Randburg, Johannesburg, the government team states that the voice recording of the person who was demanding for the $1 million (about Shs3.6 billion) ransom, which was later reduced to Shs700m, from Magara’s parents was Agaba.



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