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Boda Rider Charged With Susan Magara Kidnap, Murder

A Bodaboda Cyclist identified as Musa Abbas has been charged for participating in the kidnap and murder of Suzan Magara, a cashier who was killed by her captors early this year.

Abbas joins a list of nine other suspects who were charged earlier for the same crime. The prosecution told Buganda Road Court that Abbas and others still at large, on February 7, 2018, kidnapped Susan Magara with intent to procure a ransom or benefit from her liberation from the danger of being murdered.

It is further alleged that the accused and others still at large on the February 27, while at Kigo in Wakiso district brutally murdered Susan Magara, hitherto a Cashier at Bwendero Dairy Farm.

Grade one Magistrate Robert Mukanza did not allow the suspect to plead to the charges, saying his court lacks jurisdiction over capital offences. He was remanded until June 28, 2018, when he will return for a mention of the case.

The late Susan Magara was kidnapped on February 7 along Kabaka Anjagala road in Mengo on her way to her apartment in Lungujja. The kidnappers held her captive for three weeks while demanding for a ransom of USD 1 million about ( 3.5 billion Shillings) from her father, John Magara.

At the time, Susan’s father had just failed to buy land which belonged to the Bunyoro kingdom and returned home with more than USD 1 million.

The family reportedly paid a ransom of 700 million Shillings to the kidnappers, but they still went ahead to end Magara’s life and later dumped her body in Kitiko village between Kajjansi and Kigo along the Entebbe Express highway.

Musa Abbas initially recorded as a Makerere University second-year medical student, had been mentioned earlier as a key suspect in the murder alongside the Magara family lawyer Muzamiru Bikanga, his brother Yakoob Byansi, and one Abdulhakim Lugoloobi.

Confessions from some of the suspects indicated that Byansi was asked by the brother to find people who would help execute the kidnap so they could get money from the Magara family. He then led the operation to kidnap, hold and murder Susan Magara.

Byansi is alleged to have contacted Lugoloobi and Abbas and brought them into the plan to kidnap Magara. The two are believed to have been part of the group that trailed and kidnapped Susan at Kabaka Anjagala road in Lubaga division, watched over her and were present and participated in her murder.

The nine suspects remanded earlier are Patrick Kasaija also known as Patrick Agaba, Yusuf Lubega, Hussein Wasswa, Muzamiru Ssali, Hassan Kato Miiro, Hajara Nakandi, Abubaker Kyewolwa, Mahad Kasalita, an Imam at Usafi Mosque and Ismail Bukenya. Agaba, the prime suspect is reportedly locked up in South Africa awaiting extradition to Uganda.

Police preferred charges of kidnap, murder, accomplice to murder and accessory against twelve suspects, two of whom are still on the run.

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