By Kampala Post Reporter
MASINDI. The family of some of the suspects in the Susan Magara Kidnap and murder has spoken out after two of their sons being implicated in the gruesome incident.
Lawyer Muzamil Bikanga, a former Bunyoro Kingdom Deputy Attorney General was arrested last week for allegedly having a hand in the kidnap and murder while his cousin Yakoub Byansi, also known as Ausi is wanted by police over the same.
While police have described the two suspects as key in planning and executing Magara’s Kidnap and subsequent murder, one of the family elders who requested not to be named in order to speak freely said, “We are surprised by what is happening.”
He added that “Personally I have not known the one who is detained now (Bikanga) as a criminal because I have not even seen him fighting any of his siblings.”
He refused to comment further saying,"the family hasn’t got enough knowledge of what is going on.” However, insiders say that the family is bitter that the arrest dents the image of a family regarded as one of the most successful in Masindi. Some of the family members served in key positions in the Obote II government.
Bikanga and Byansi hail from Kijuura in Masindi Municipality. Bikanga was arrested on Thursday May 3 by a joint security team on suspicion that he was part of the wider scheme that participated in the kidnap and subsequent murder of 28 year old Susan Magara a former cashier at Bwendero Dairy Farm Procurement Office in Kampala.
It is reported that Bikanga’s name was mentioned in connection with Magara’s murder by some of the suspects arrested during last month’s security operation at Usafi mosque.
Security sources say Bikaga who is reported to have known Susan Magara’s father John Magara for long and established his financial muscle, planned the daughter’s kidnap as a way of getting the money from him. This was reportedly done after Magara turned down Bikanga’s proposal to sell to him a chunk of land.
Bikanga’s relative wanted
On Tuesday, police named and released pictures of two other key suspects in Magara’s murder. The elusive suspects include Bikanga’s cousin Yakoub Byansi (Ausi) and Abdukarim Lugolobi. Byansi is one of the suspects that eluded arrest during the April 28 security operation at Usafi Mosque. It’s alleged that Bikanga was found with Yakoub’s telephone contact and had made several of calls to him.
Police have issued hotlines; O702319690, 0704541035, 0702415982, 0714667785 and 0718300753 for people with information on the whereabouts of Byansi and Lugolobi.
Magara was kidnapped on February 7, on her way back from work in Lungujja, a Kampala Suburb. She was not seen again until her body was recovered in Namasuba about three weeks later.
Magara’s killing came a few days after her father John Magara had reportedly delivered Shs700million to her kidnappers who had all along engaged the family reportedly demanding one million dollars in ransom. Police say they have so far arrested over ten suspects.
Some of those arrested include Bob Kibirango and Ronald Asiimwe also known as Kanyankole, whereas Patrick Agaba alias Pato who was arrested in South Africa is yet to be extradited.