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Museveni Calls South African President over Susan Magara Kidnap Suspects

President Yoweri Museveni revealed Sunday that he had been following the case of the kidnap and murder of Susan Magara, which has so far led to the arrest of over 20 suspects.

Magara, who was kidnapped on February 7 from Kabaka Anjagala Road in Rubaga Division, Kampala, was later killed and her body discovered dumped at Kitiko, between Kigo and Kajjansi near the Entebbe Expressway.

President Museveni said that recently when he was informed that one of the suspects involved in the gruesome act was hiding in South Africa, “I picked a telephone and rang [South African] President [Cyril] Ramaphosa myself … and action was taken.”

Though Museveni did not reveal the identity of the suspect, it should be recalled that Patrick Agaba alias Pato was arrested on March 7 after Ugandan security agencies coordinated with South African Police.

President Yoweri Museveni disclosed the development during a joint press conference with his Rwandan Counterpart Paul Kagame to clarify that the reports about tensions between Kampala and Kigali had escalated due to lack of coordination between officials.

President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame during a press conference

President Museveni said due to laxity in communication between Rwandan and Ugandan officials, the cooperation on development programs including infrastructure, security and economy had been affected.

“A number of incidents that are being commented about in the media, many would be properly addressed if only there was better communication. We have phones, we should talk more,” he observed.

Additionally, Museveni noted that on some occasions he finds it hard to take action because he has not been provided with “substantial” information and “facts”.

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Giving an example of his January 19, 2018 meeting with Paul Kagame at the sidelines of the African Union Summit in in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — he said that “he (Kagame) gave me some facts which I followed up.”

Paul Kagame was Sunday in Uganda for a state visit and he was hosted by President Museveni at State House, Entebbe.

President Kagame was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Muishiwabo and the head of Rwandan intelligence Maj Gen Nzabamwita.

Ugandan officials including ministers Sam Kutesa (Foreign Affairs), Adolf Mwesige (Defence), Irene Muloni and Attorney General William Byaruhanga were also at State House, Entebbe.

 

 

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