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Detectives Conclude Suzan Magara Murder Case: 12 Charged, File Sent To DPP

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The late Suzan Magara, Inset is tycoon Ham’s lawyer Muzamiru Bikanga

A joint team of detectives from police, JATT, CMI and ISO, who have been working day and night to hunt down Suzan Magara’s killers have finally completed their investigations and have sent the file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for perusal and sanctioning.

According to a source at CIID headquarters in Kibuli, the detectives preferred charges of kidnap, murder, and accomplice to murder against 12 suspects including city tycoon Hammis Kiggundu’s lawyer Muzamiru Bikanga and his brother Yakoob Byansi, who were listed as key suspects in the murder plot.

The investigations which kickstarted a month ago with both direct and indirect supervision from CIID director Grace Akullo were concluded over the weekend.

In their file to the DPP, detectives noted that according to statements from some of the suspects in custody, Byansi is alleged to have led the operation to kidnap, hold hostage and murder Susan Magara after he was asked by his brother (Muzamiru) to find people who would help execute the kidnap the former accountant so that they could get some money from her family.

Another confession statement recorded by one of the suspect pins Byansi for contacting Lugolobi who gave him the whole plan of how they were going to successfully kidnap Suzan Magara and the two are said to have been part of the group that trailed and kidnapped Suzan, held her hostage and later participated in her murder.

Currently, Byansi, Lugoolobi and Musa are still on the run. When contacted, the deputy police spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed the conclusion of the investigations. “It’s True The File Has Been Pushed And we are waiting for the response from the office of the DPP.”

28-year-old Susan Magara, who was working as the administrator for her parents family businesses as well as a cashier for Bwendo Dairy Farm in Hoima was kidnapped in Mengo as she left work to drive home in Lungujja on February 7. Her car was found abandoned at their gate with all her phones. Her killers then contacted the family and demanded $1m dollars (about sh3.65b) before they could release her. After three weeks, her body was recovered dumped on the Southern Bypass and during her requiem mass, the family revealed that her killers had chopped off her fingers and sent them together with a recording of the incident to the family.

By Hadadi Mubiru

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Panic In Busoga As Assailants Ask For 120 Young Women, 20 Breasts Of Elderly Women And 400 Married Women

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Assailants have stormed Busoga sub-region and dropped threatening letters in five (5) parishes.

The assailants asked residents to handover 120 young women, 20 breasts of elderly women and 400 married women.

When contacted, Jinja police division commander Onesimus Mwesigwa confirmed the reports but asked residents to stay calm because security agencies are working hand in hand to bring the suspects to book.
Onesimus said, “we have been alerted about the assassins in the region who have threatened residents but we have already deployed across the region and in case they try to make a move, they will regret.”
He added that security operatives in the region have held close door meetings to find a lasting solution to the security situation in the area.

This comes on the heels of an assurance from the army to Ugandans to stay calm because very soon they are going to conclusively handle the organized criminal gang that is terrorizing the nation.

However, it should be remembered that earlier this week, Security minister Henry Tumukunde proposed that whoever is caught in armed robbery, kidnap and murder should be shot.

 

By Hadadi Mubiru

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I Wanted Business Capital: Woman (30) Arrested For Kidnapping Herself And Asking For 4 Million Shillings From Relatives

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Kyosiimire Grace at Katwe police station

Katwe Police Station is holding a 30 year old Kyosiimire Grace for faking her own kidnap.

According to the deputy Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the station took action against Kyosiimire, a  resident of  Makindye, a Kampala suburb for kidnapping herself and demanding money from her relatives.

Relatives of Kyosiimire started receiving messages from her phone number that she had been kidnapped and her kidnappers were asking for four million shillings before the close of the weekend if she was to escape alive.

Ahimbisiibwe Robert (35), a resident of Rutukye Town, Mitoma district and a brother to Kyosiimire said that he later received a message that her sister had been killed which forced him to run to Katwe police station to record a kidnap case.

This forced Katwe homicide team to set a trap to establish whether Kyosiimire was indeed kidnapped and killed after suspecting that she may have kidnapped herself .

“We agreed with her best friend, a one Tutegyerize Rose who our homicide team had already tracked and arrested after getting conflicting information regarding Kyosiimire’s kidnap. We set her up to meet her best friend at Mega Standard Restaurant for a pork treat, our Police officers who had already taken cover arrested her and took her to Katwe  Police Station. Indeed, she was in possession of her phone meaning she was the one sending messages to her relatives,” Onyango explained.

Kyosiimire confessed that she had kidnapped herself to get money from her relatives to pay off her debts and at least start up a business of mobile money for herself so that she stops begging from relatives and friend. Kyosiimire is currently detained at Katwe police station.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Businessman Slaughtered Like A Goat, Killers Disappear With His Head

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Security operatives in Masaka district have started investigating circumstances under which unknown assailants slaughtered an unknown adult male like a goat, tied his body with a huge rope, dumped it body in Lake Victoria and took off with the head.

Security sources revealed to the Grapevine that fishmongers at Ddimo landing site in Kyesiga sub county in Masaka district saw the dead body along the shores of the lake and tipped off operatives who came and took the body to the mortuary for postmortem report as they wait for the relatives of the deceased.

The district Crime Intelligence and Interrogation Department (CIID) officer ASP Juliet Nakawala confirmed this murder and promised told locals to remain calm as they begin the search for the assailants who killed the deceased.

Angry locals later blamed police and other security agencies for failing to protect Ugandans and their property.

 

By Aslam Kabugu

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