President Museveni’s statement on murder of Susan Magara

President Museveni's statement on murder of Susan Magara
President Yoweri Museveni

Susan Magara was kidnapped on February 7 at Kabaka Anjagala road as she was driving to her home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division.

She had been working as a cashier with Bwendero Dairy Farm Hoima at its Kabakanjagala procurement office in Kampala. The farm belongs to her father, John Magara.

Her kidnappers had reportedly demanded for $1m (about Shs 3 billion) ransom money and only about Shs 700 million had been paid by the time the chilling news trickled in that her life had been so cruelly and violently ended by this faceless terror.

Below is President Yoweri Museveni’s statement on the murder:

Friends and Abazukulu (grandchildren), I write to convey condolences to Mutabani (son) Magara and family on the brutal murder of our grand-daughter, Susan Magara.

She was kidnapped on February 7th near her home, at night. I was informed about the problem on February 18th when I came back from Arua-Koboko-Nebbi.

Susan’s murder shows what sort of swine (pigs) we have in Africa that do not value treasures like the beautiful Suzzie whom, unfortunately, I had not had the opportunity of meeting.

The NRM defeated the rural terrorists like Kony and ADF; and defeated the Karimojong cattle rustlers because we created forces that could cope with those rural security challenges and equipment to assist them.

The gaps we have been having in the towns have been lack of cameras and unregulated sale of mobile phone SIM cards to people without electronic identity cards. It is these gaps that we are in the process of closing. In the next few months, the cameras will be up in many areas.

Furthermore, no mobile or fixed phone SIM cards should be given to anybody without the electronic identity card. We may require the sellers of mobile phone SIM cards to have electronic identity card readers so that we rule out the photocopying of genuine electronic ID cards.

In order to eliminate these criminals, we may have to look at two other measures: capturing the palm-print of everybody and the DNA of everybody. Some elements try to argue that capturing the DNA of people is not democratic. I cannot understand why it is not democratic.

DNA records of everybody are good to compare with blood samples, sweat, sperm etc found at the scene of crime. Palm-prints are better than thumb prints because the criminal may leave the palm-print and not thumb print.

As for the killers of Susan, we shall get them because there are clues they left behind. I will not allow anybody to interfere with the freedom of our young people: discos etc.

However Bazukulu avoid alcohol, drugs and umalaya (prostitution). They are dangerous for you. I cannot allow the grand-children in the house to engage in those indisciplines. Similarly, I discourage all the other grand- children from that indiscipline.

May the Almighty God rest Susan’s soul in eternal peace.