The properties that were recovered between February 25th and May 1st, 2018 are alleged to have been bought using the Shillings 700 million ransom paid by Magara’s family three days before her body was found. Among the recovered items is a title of a chunk of land measuring 35 acres that the suspects bought in Buikwe District at Shillings 140 million.
While the two taxis under the UBD series cost the suspects Shillings 55 million each. The two vehicles were found parked outside Usafi Mosque during the security raid on Friday night last week where 112 people were rescued. The vehicles were driven from Usafi mosque by the police Flying Squad Unit operatives and are currently parked at the Kampala Central Police Station yard.
According to a reliable police source, it was the search of these vehicles and properties that led police to Usafi mosque where two security guards were shot dead before children and women were rescued. “One of the suspects told us in his confession that they used the money they got to buy things including the taxis which they put under management of a friend,” the source said.
Adding that, “Our people were trailing this guy who had the motor vehicles when he ran and hid in Usafi.” Police has requested Uganda Revenue Authority to avail the registrations details of the motor vehicles and has since begun recording statements from different bonds where the vehicles were bought.
Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima refused to comment on the recovered property saying, “We shall give a report on the investigation when the time is right.” So far, more than 12 suspects have been arrested in connection to the kidnap and killing of Susan Magara. Eight of the suspects are believed to be accessories and accomplices to the crime while four are believed to have committed the crime.
Two of the key suspects have since confessed to the kidnap and murder. They have also helped police to deconstruct the different stages of the crime. Police together with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence have been investigating the kidnap and Killing of Magara since she was reported missing.