Parents and concerned members of the public who have lost their loved ones to human sacrifice practices have cried to the parliament of Uganda to speedily pass the Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice bill.
The call was made during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting organized by Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children chaired by the Member of Parliament Benard Atiku in Kampala.
The bereaved parents explained how they have been unable to seek justice for their loved ones because of lack of law that rules against human sacrifice.
Racheal Kaseggu, a resident of Katakala LCI in Mityana District said,she has been waiting three years to bury her child, a victim of child sacrifice.
Kaseggu says she lost her three and half year old son Clive Kisitu in 2014. Clive had gone out to ease himself in the family pit latrine when he was ambushed and strangled.
Kaseggu says Mityana police managed to retrieve Clive’s remains from the pit latrine a year later but have since held his remains since 2015 claiming that Clive’s remains are the evidence, though the case against the five suspects has gone nowhere.
She has continued to be haunted by questions from Clive’s four siblings who keep asking her when they will be able to bury their brother.
Another incidence of child sacrifice narrated by Joseph Ankunda, a resident of Negolodde in Nakasongola district, who almost lost two children to child sacrifice faulting his neighbour Kisekwa for kidnapping his two children Sylvia and Canani.
Ankunda claims that Kisekwa kidnapped his children while he was away searching for food for them to eat. The children had just returned from school.
While Ankunda was able to rescue Canani, his daughter Sylvia was killed. Sylvia’s private parts were cut out of her body. Canani survived despite being strangled and savagely hacked at the back of his head and neck. He was dumped in a swamp where Ankunda found him.
Ankunda, like Kaseggu, wants parliament to pass the bill so the perpetuators of the vice can be punished by the law.
The meeting was aimed promoting and improving the prevention and prohibition of human sacrifice and other traditional harmful practices bill before it can be enacted into law by parliament.
Former Buikwe Woman MP Dorothy Mpiima, suggested the bill include clauses on women and the elderly since they sometimes fall prey to the vice.