In the land of human sacrifice - Uganda
By Kofi Akosah-Sarpong - An opinion
BBC: African Children Kidnapped for Blood Rituals in Britain
British authorities have rescued at least 400 children who were brought to
Britain often for use in blood rituals conducted by witch doctors, the BBC
reported this week. The BBC’s data come from child protection organizations and
Scotland Yard, and document the problem: the superstition of juju, or the use of
objects in rituals of witchcraft.
BBC reporter Chris Rogers, who broke the story, traveled to Uganda and contacted
child kidnappers willing to provide as many children for juju as the reporter
Quoting Christine Beddoe, director of the anti-trafficking charity Ecpat UK,
Rogers reported that immigrants believe in the magical power of human blood.
“Our experience tells us that traffickers can be anybody,” she told the network,
According to Rogers, witch doctors “are becoming more prominent in Britain,” a
result of the country’s open immigration policy. Rogers visited 10 of them; two
offered juju rituals with human blood.
To document the ease with which he could obtain children, he traveled to Uganda.
What he found there boggles the 21st-century Western mind.
“Posing as a British trafficker, I went looking for help in the cafes and bars
in the underworld of the Ugandan capital, Kampala,” he wrote. There he found a
kidnapper who bragged of his crimes and “offered as many children as we required.”
The children cost $15,600 a piece.
Rogers pointed to a report from the Jubilee Campaign in Britain that says 900
children were “feared sacrificed or trafficked” during 2010. The report provides
unspeakable details documenting decapitation and the amputation of arms, legs,
breasts, and genitals.
Rogers also cited a report from the U.S. State Department that says nearly 9,000
children have gone missing during the last four years, although it isn’t clear
how many of the cases involved juju.
October 14, 2011
Where child sacrifice is a business
The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda's capital, Kampala,
are gripped by fear.
(....) Many believe that members of the country's new elite are paying witch
doctors vast sums of money for the sacrifices in a bid to increase their wealth.
(....) According to official police figures, there was one case of child
sacrifice in 2006; in 2008 the police say they investigated 25 alleged ritual
murders, and in 2009, another 29.
(....) Pastor Sewakiryanga disputes the police numbers, and says there are more
victims from his parish than official statistics for the entire country.
The work of the police task force has been strongly criticised by the UK-based
charity, Jubilee Campaign.
It says in a report that the true number of cases is in the hundreds, and claims
more than 900 cases have yet to be investigated by the police because of
corruption and a lack of resources.
(...) No-one from the Ugandan government agreed to do an interview. The police
deny inaction and corruption.
(....) The witch doctor explained that this meeting was to discuss the most
powerful spell - the sacrifice of a child.
"There are two ways of doing this," he said. "We can bury the child alive on
your construction site, or we cut them in different places and put their blood
in a bottle of spiritual medicine."
Pastor Sewakiryanga says without the full force of the law, there is little that
can be done to protect Uganda's children from the belief in the power of human
BBC News Kampala
Report by Chris Rogers
October 11, 2011
Ritual sacrifice of children on the rise in Uganda
JINJA, Uganda — Caroline Aya was playing in front of her house in January when a
neighbor put a cloth over her mouth and fled with her.
A couple of days later, the 8-year-old's body was found a short walk away — with
her tongue cut out. Police believe she was offered up as a human sacrifice in a
ritual killing, thought to bring wealth or health.
The practice of human sacrifice is on the rise in Uganda (....). The number of
people killed in ritual murders last year rose to a new high of at least 15
children and 14 adults, up from just three cases in 2007, according to police.
The informal count is much higher — 154 suspects were arrested last year and 50
taken to court over ritual killings.
(....) the rise in human sacrifices in Uganda appears to come from a desire for
wealth and a belief that drugs made from human organs can bring riches,
according to Moses Binoga, head of the governmental Anti-Human Sacrifice
In 2008, Livingstone Kiggo, a 60-year-old traditional healer, said a man
approached him offering to sell a child. He went to the police, who set up a
sting operation and snared a man trying to sell his nephew for $2,000.
The people of Jinja have seen three suspected cases of child sacrifice in recent
months, including Caroline's. When Binoga held a town-hall-style meeting in
early February, some 500 people squatted under the shade of five large trees,
straining to hear his words.
Many complained of police corruption, slow investigations and a lack of
convictions by the country's lethargic courts, words that drew loud cheers from
the emotional crowd. Of about 30 people charged with ritual killing last year,
nobody has yet been convicted. The last conviction was in 2007.
"There is a lack of political will to protect the children. We have beautiful
laws but a lack of political will," said Haruna Mawa, the spokesman for the
child protection agency ANPPCAN.
Mawa's agency has helped with several recent cases of child sacrifice. A
2-year-old boy had his penis cut off by a witch doctor in eastern Uganda (...),
Mawa said. A 12-year-old named Shafik had a knife put to his throat when a
female witch doctor realized the boy was circumcised. Witch doctors don't kill
children who are circumcised or who have pierced ears because they are
considered impure, Mawa said.
April 2, 2010
Human Sacrifice Still Alive In Uganda!
Human sacrifice is on the increase in Uganda and children are the main victims.
According to a BBC investigation, the problem may be more common than
authorities have acknowledged. The head of the country's Anti-Human Sacrifice
Taskforce believes that the crime is directly linked to rising levels of
development and prosperity. Increasingly, people believe that witchcraft can
help them get rich quickly.
Jalia Katusiime, a hairdresser in Njeru town, Mukono District, left her
5-year-old daughter, Shammin, with a neighbor so that she could attend to a
customer. When she returned, both her neighbor and daughter were missing.
Shammim's body was later found with two fingers, her tongue, and her genitals
At least 25 ritual murders involving children were confirmed in Uganda in 2006
and 230 child abductions. The cases dropped to 108 in 2007, but then increased
to 318 in 2008. There were 21 recorded ritual murders in the first eight months
of 2009, including 13 juvenile victims.
January 30, 2010
Witch-Doctors Reveal Extent of Child Sacrifice in Uganda (by Tim Whewell,
BBC - January 7, 2010)
Battling Uganda's witch-doctors
A BBC investigation into human sacrifice in Uganda has heard first-hand
accounts which suggest ritual killings of children may be more common than
authorities have acknowledged.
One witch-doctor led us to his secret shrine and said he had clients who
regularly captured children and brought their blood and body parts to be
consumed by spirits.
Meanwhile, a former witch-doctor who now campaigns to end child sacrifice
confessed for the first time to having murdered about 70 people, including
his own son.
The Ugandan government told us that human sacrifice is on the increase, and
according to the head of the country's Anti-Human Sacrifice Taskforce the
crime is directly linked to rising levels of development and prosperity, and
an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly.
"They capture other people's children. They bring the heart and the
blood directly here to take to the spirits… They bring them in small tins
and they place these objects under the tree from which the voices of the
spirits are coming," he said.
Asked how often clients brought blood and body parts, the witch-doctor
said they came "on average three times a week - with all that the spirits
demand from them."
The witch-doctor denied any direct involvement in murder or incitement to
murder (....) He told us he was paid 500,000 Ugandan shillings (£160 or
$260) for a consultation, but that most of that money was handed over to his
"boss" in a nationwide network of witch-doctors.
Head of the Anti-Human Sacrifice and Trafficking Task Force, assistant
commissioner Moses Binoga of the Ugandan police, said (....) and said police
had opened 26 murder cases in 2009, in which the victim appeared to have
been ritually sacrificed, compared with just three cases in 2007.
"We also have about 120 children and adults reported missing whose fate
we have not traced. We cannot rule out that they may be victims of human
sacrifice," he said.
But child protection campaigners believe the real number is much higher,
as some disappearances are not reported to police.
this BBC article contains many shocking details!
January 7, 2010
Witch Doctors Practice Child Sacrifice!
New blood thirsty cult confirmed
Police say the cult whose members are mainly wealthy Kampalans originated from
Police are investigating a religious cult of predominantly wealthy people linked
to human sacrifice in the country.
Dawn of human sacrifice
Human sacrifice (...) is not new to Uganda. On January 22, 1999, one-year-old
Milly Nsonyiwa of Mukono District disappeared from her mother, Esther Nakachwa.
Her remains where discovered in a shrine a month later.
On April 4, 1999, five year old Shammim Muhammad was left in the care of a
neighbour, Francis Muwanga, by her mother Jalia Katusiime. Muwanga fled with the
little girl, killing her and cutting off her head. He removed her tongue,
fingers and private parts. His wife confessed that the two were working on the
orders of a witch doctor, Yunus Samanya, who told them that if they sacrificed a
child to the spirits, they would become rich. Muwanga, his wife and the witch
doctor were sentenced to death on July 29, 1999 and are in prison.
A year before on October 9, 1998, James Kareju Mugisha in Nyabushozi, Kiruhura
District, was arrested while attempting to sell his son, Reuben Mugabe, aged 12
to a construction company for Shs 3million for ritual sacrifice.
These are some of the cases that made news before 2008.
But in December 2008, the arrest of businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi in
connection with the kidnap and ritual killing of 12-year-old Joseph Kasirye,
brought to light many other cases totalling 318 in 2008 – up from 230 in
2006 (italics and bold letter type added by FVDK).
(...) Soon after Kajubi’s arrest, another man, Abbas Mugerwa, was arrested in
Masajja after he beheaded his twins. Mugerwa told The Observer that a rich man
had asked him for his twins in exchange for Shs 50million, a deal Mugerwa agreed
(...) In Nakibizi, Mukono District, one Emmanuel Kironde, a toddler, was
found dead with his neck and wrists missing. The toddler had gone missing from
his grand mother’s home, Namwandu Wamala, in Njeru Town Council. Police arrested
Moses Kimbowa, a witchdoctor and his accomplices Muzamiru Mukalazi and Anthony
Ssendikadiwa. Kimbowa confessed to killing four people.
Get rich quick
Some of those obsessed with getting rich quick are ready to do anything,
including killing –if that is what the witchdoctor recommends - to reach their
According to James Ongom, an investigating officer, 40 children have lost their
lives to ritual killings this year alone. Out of these cases, 15 have so far
been investigated, but no one has been convicted.
Children who are considered pure and free of sin are the biggest target. More
over, they are easier to trap. A 2007 Police crime report revealed that 230
children fell prey to criminals. Four children were murdered, 44 were rescued.
Most cases occurred in Kampala, Mukono, Mityana, Jinja, Masaka, Masindi and
Tororo districts. In December 2008, Police Spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, said
Police had registered 130 cases of missing children.
August 19, 2009
7 arrested over ritual murder of six-year-old boy
The Police in Jinja have arrested seven people, including three witchdoctors,
who are said to have connived and beheaded a six-year-old boy at Nakibizi,
Moses Kimbowa, Muzamiru Mukalazi and Anthony Ssendikadiwa Mulangira, all
witchdoctors and residents of Namwezi village, were arrested on Monday evening.
The boy was beheaded a week ago and his body found in a cassava plantation near
his grandmother’s home in Njeru Town Council.
Zurah Ganyana, the Police spokesperson for the south- eastern region, said the
Police also arrested Masitulah Nassali, James Muwanga, Marriam Mauliddi and Ivan
One of the witchdoctors, Moses Kimbowa, (...) reportedly confessed that he
had so far killed four people and buried them in the compound near his four
(...) lured the boy with a sh100 coin and took him to Kimbowa, who cut off his
head. Muzamiru Mukalazi, another witchdoctor (...) turned himself in at Nakibizi
Police post after residents threatened to lynch him, accusing him of killing the
The Military Police from Jinja was called in to quell the violence.
Several ritual murders, largely blamed on witchdoctors, have rocked the country
over the last two years.
'Government workers are some of the people behind the recent spate of
The Democratic Party (DP) has asked the Ugandan parliament to pass a vote of
no confidence to the National Resistance Movement government for failure to
protect Ugandans and their property - referring to the rampant ritual killings
in Kampala and elsewhere in the country.
DP’s National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Fred Mwesigwa said that the most
shaming fact, is that government officials are mentioned in some killing
incidences. The Minister of Internal Affairs, Kirunda Kivejinja recently said
the police report into ritual murders named government workers as some of the
people behind the recent spate of ritual murders.
March 31, 2009
Woman Survives Ritual Murder
The Police in Kampala are hunting for suspected witchdoctors who attempted to
strangle a woman for human sacrifice. Rita Nansamba, 20, of Nyendo in Masaka
town, was rescued on Tuesday night by a man passing by a newly-constructed
building in Kisalosalo Zone in Kyebando, Kawempe Division when he heard her cry
The head of the anti-human sacrifice and trafficking, Moses Binoga and the
Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, visited the woman on Wednesday in Mulago
Hospital where she was admitted in critical condition.
The Police say 50 people went missing in the past one week. In a report on human
sacrifice and trafficking for the week of March 8 to 15, the Police said one
person was killed in suspected human sacrifice.
According to the Police, a decomposing body of a young woman was discovered in
Pader on March 10, in a dustbin, with the breasts and private parts missing. The
murderers and the deceased have not been identified.
Ritual killers change tactics
Ritual killers have started killing more adults than children, Police has
warned. Over the last one month, seven people were killed in suspected ritual
murders and another 45 gone missing countrywide, Moses Binoga, head of the
anti-human sacrifice task force, said yesterday.
Those killed were three male adults, two female adults and two children. They
were killed in Kampala, Kamuli, Ntungamo Mubende, Soroti and Bushenyi. Nine
people have been arrested and four have been charged, Binoga said.
According to security sources, Police Chief Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura has
appointed a 15-member team to investigate the wave of human sacrifice. The
committee headed by Assistant Inspector of Police Moses Binoga includes
representatives from Internal Security Organisation, Ministry of Gender and
Ministry of Education.
At the height of ritual murders late last year, the major victims of the
gruesome killings were children aged below 13 years. The Police suspect the
killers could have turned to grown-ups after security agencies and the public
became increasingly conscious of child sacrifice. They target female victims
because of they are weaker.
Register traditional healers countrywide
Just when Ugandans thought ritual murder was declining after last year’s spike,
it emerges that the killers have changed tactics. By turning to young women, the
killers have found a soft target that many people did not expect them to hit.
This is a vice that must be fought at all costs.
Currently Uganda has more than 157,000 traditional healers who are not
effectively regulated and are generally feared by local leaders.
Let the Government register all traditional healers in Uganda through the
association, which must have grassroots networks throughout the country.
Above all, the healers’ association should create a disciplinary committee in
all sub-counties to enforce standards. Parliament should also make a law
specifically governing traditional medicine practice in Uganda.
Uganda's epidemic of child sacrifice
When Liz Nabaale gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, happiness filled the
home she shared with Henry Sserubiri in Nakinyuguzi village in Makindye, on the
outskirts of Kampala city. The boy, whom the couple named Isaac Kyanakyayesu,
was their fourth child. But Kyanakyayesu did not live to celebrate his first
birthday. Six months after his birth, he was killed by his father. (...)
30-year-old Sserubiri beheaded his son in a witchcraft-inspired ritual. (...).
Similarly gruesome stories of people, especially children, being killed by
parents, friends, and strangers in horrific ritual practices have become common
in the news in the last four months.
Recent police reports put a staggering figure of 100 children missing in Uganda
in November 2008 alone. Many are feared murdered. Eighty of the cases were
reported in Kampala alone.
Enanga says that while children may go missing for a number of reasons – human
trafficking, family break-ups, child torture by stepmothers, child labour –
police suspect that ritualistic child sacrifice tops the list.
At least 25 ritual murders involving children were confirmed in Uganda in 2006.
(...) So far in 2009, 18 cases of child sacrifice have been recorded, 15 of
which have been investigated.
Police are increasingly focusing their energies on ritual murders. Most recently,
on February 9, Musa Bogere, a witchdoctor, was arrested after human body parts
were found floating in a pit-latrine next to his shrine.
Bogere died in police custody (...),
But some analysts believe that more often, poverty, weak legislation and
negligent parenting are to blame for the rise in child sacrifice in Uganda.
Negligent parents leave their children with uncouth friends, relatives or even
strangers, who in turn connive with witches to kill the children for money. This
was, for instance, the reason cited in the murder of 5-year-old Shammim,
daughter of Jalia Katusiime, a hairdresser in Njeru town, Mukono District.
Katusiime had left her daughter in the care of Francis Muwanga, a neighbour, so
that she could attend to a customer. When she returned, both Muwanga and her
daughter were missing. Shammim’s decomposing body was later found with two
fingers cut off and her tongue plucked out. Her genitals were also missing.
Opobo could be right. Shs 50,000 was enough to tempt Patrick Makonzi to chop the
head off his 12-year-old nephew, Eriya Kalule, of Namusita village in Kamuli
District on Boxing Day. That same month, a boda-boda cyclist in Masajja, Wakiso
district, beheaded his twin children for Shs12 million. In another bizarre case,
Ssenoga Setubwa, 21, stole a child from Bwaise and sold him for Shs100,000. On
January 7, she confessed her offence to a judge and was jailed for 16 years.
Uganda’s 1957 Witchcraft Act prohibits acts of witchcraft that involve
threatening others with death. Convictions lead to prison sentences of up to
five years. Yet the law has rarely been enforced, reducing fear of punishment
among witchdoctors engaging in child-trafficking and ritual murders.
Although most cases of child sacrifice have been reported in Uganda’s central
region, where the culture of ritual killing is strong, according to Opobo, other
areas, like Lango in the north, are also reporting cases of missing children
later found killed in a manner believed to be ritualistic.
Burhan Ssebayigga of Makerere University’s department of religious studies said
traditional beliefs, which are strong in Buganda, could be behind the current
wave of ritualistic child murders.
February 25, 2009
Suspect dies in police custody
Last week, Kampala Police rounded up several suspects linked to the ritual
killing of a woman in the city suburb of Bwaise. Before he died in police
custody, one of the suspects, Musa Bogere, apparently admitted killing the woman
with two others, chopping off her limbs and private parts, before dumping the
body in a latrine. The killing was a special request from the two customers who
wanted to get employment.
February 17, 2009
Ritual murder suspect dead
A witchdoctor, Musa Bogere, suspected of killing a woman for sacrifice, died
hours after the Police picked him up from Bwaise, a Kampala suburb, on Monday.
Before he was detained, Bogere reportedly confessed to slaying the woman. He
said Mohammed Ddumba, alias Black and two accomplices lured the woman to Bwaise
to be sacrificed.
Ddumba is among the 11 suspects held in connection with the gruesome murder.
Other suspects are Innocent Sseremba, Sam Kibuuka, Baker Sserunjogi, Badru
Salongo Sagala, Sam Lubowa, Madinah Nabatanzi, Betty Nabiryo, Justine Mbabazi
and Chris Namubiru.
Arrests for Ugandan ritual murder
Police in Uganda have arrested seven suspected witchdoctors after the headless
body of a woman was found in a bush in the capital Kampala.
Spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba also said that the police had had to protect the
suspected leading witchdoctor after a lynch mob formed to kill him.
She told the New Vision newspaper that the police had been tipped off after two
legs had been found in a pit latrine. Ms Nabakooba said ritual murders had
become a problem in Uganda in recent months.
Witchdoctors held over ritual murder
The beheaded body of woman abducted from Bweyogerere was yesterday retrieved
from a swamp in Bwaise, a Kampala city suburb.
The decomposing body was retrieved at about 6:00pm from a swamp in Kisenyi zone,
where the prime suspect, Musa Boogere, 37, led the Police and LC officials.
The body, with only knickers on, was wrapped in a white sack without the head.
The Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, said a resident tipped them off after
discovering two legs in a pit latrine.
Two weeks before, the Police had retrieved a woman’s head from a pit latrine in
the same area. The parts were taken to the City Mortuary.
The Police arrested Boogere who has a shrine in the same zone, where the parts
The Police arrested 10 witchdoctors suspected to have been involved in the
ritual sacrifice during a daylong operation. Scores of shrines were destroyed
and fetishes set ablaze.
Ritual Murder: Man sacrifices nephew for Shs50,000
Jinja - Police have arrested three men for the Boxing Day ritual
murder of a 12-year-old boy, Eriya Kalule, of Namusita village in
This is the first reported ritual murder from eastern Uganda since
child sacrifices began rising in the country, and comes on the heels
of the October 27 murder of 12-year-old Joseph Kasirye in Masaka.
The suspects are the witchdoctor, Mr Joseph Kitamirike, who
allegedly ordered the sacrifice of the child. His accomplices are Mr
Patrick Makonzi, 19, an uncle to the slain child, and Mr Patrick
Otuba, 38, of Nambula village.
Mr Makonzi told journalists at the Rapid Response Unit offices at
Nalufenya in Jinja that he offered his nephew as a sacrifice and
later helped Mr Otuba to hack the teenage boy to death.
December 30, 2008
- Kampala Man butchers baby son
Henry Sserubiri butchered his six-month-old son, Elijah Kyanakyayesu,
in Kampala on Saturday. The incident heightened the alarm
surrounding a string of ritual murders involving children in the
city. The horrific killing occurred in Nakinyuguzi, Makindye. (...)
As enraged crowds gathered, local council officials Betty Ssejje and
Musa Kayemba locked Sserubiri in the house, away from enraged
residents who wanted to lynch him.
November 30, 2008
- The evil that is child sacrificing
The macabre act of child sacrificing has been dominating news both
in Africa and Europe. The sheer cruelty and brutality of it all has
made most people question the sanity and humanity of those who take
part in the ritualistic killing of children. But despite the
grotesque act, sacrificing has been and still is part of our
The following are some of the young children who have fallen prey to
the scrounge that is child sacrificing:
Oct 27, 2008: 12-year-old Joseph Kasirye was found beheaded
by a witchdoctor, Umaru Kateregga, with the help of his wife (...)
Oct 20, 2008: 7-year-old Bwenge was found beheaded (...)
Feb 1, 2008: 11-year-old Jimmy Turyagyenda was almost sold
for Shs3m to a withchdoctor - some say for ritualistic purposes
June 16, 2007: 12-year-old James Wanzaale was beheaded at
Nansyono village in Kaliro District by his uncle, who wanted to get
Jan 6, 2007: Nine-year-old Ismael Ssekajja was beheaded, and
his body dumped in a swamp in Masaka (...)
All of the above are young males, whose organs were found missing.
November 30, 2008
(...) Venus Tumuhinbise, a Crime Prevention Officer with the Uganda
Police says over 14 cases related to child ritual sacrifice have
been reported to police this year, with 8 cases already taken to
Courts of law for prosecution of suspects. (...) He says most of the
child sacrifice cases reported are from Masaka district.
December 4, 2008
- Killers, roads, investors - opinion
Start with the killers; ritual killers this time The papers have
been full of them this week. (...) In the last year alone there have
been a number of such ritual murders, of which ten were recounted by
Vision to accompany this latest one.
November 28, 2008
- City tycoon surrenders himself over child sacrifice charges
Kampala tycoon Kato Kajubi accused of the ritual murder of a
12-year-old boy gave himself to the Police yesterday.(...) Kajubi,
who owns private shrines in Masaka and numerous houses in Kampala,
allegedly hired Umaru Kateregga alias Bosco, 27, and his Tanzania
wife, Mariam Nabukeera, to murder Kairye at Kayugi village in
Mutundwe sub-county, Masaka.
Some 14 cases of ritual murder have been recorded over the past 10
months, Kayihura said, adding that 11 cases are before court.
November 27. 2008
Tycoon named in child sacrifice
The Police have identified the city tycoon wanted for the gruesome
ritual murder of a 12-year-old boy in Masaka as Godfrey Kato Kajubi.
Kajubi, Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba added, runs businesses
and owns homes in several places such as Masaka, Jinja and in
Kampala suburbs of Kalerwe, Makindye, Salaama and Wandegeya. She
added that Kajubi owns a hostel in Makerere Kikoni, property in
London and was once a cigarette dealer. (...) The Police yesterday
said Kasirye’s body parts were buried in a city mansion which Kajubi
The cases of ritual murder appear to be rampant.
According to the 2007 Police crime report, 230 children fell prey to
Of these 108, were abducted, 13 kidnapped, 54 mysteriously
disappeared and about 56 were stolen. (...) the fate of 130 children
Most cases occurred in Mityana, Katwe, Jinja, Masaka, Kira Road in
Kampala, Masindi and Tororo districts. The report said some children
were used in ritual sacrifice and others for sexual exploitation.
November 24, 2008
Ritual murder suspects charged
In a confession statement to the Police, Umaru Kateregga, 27, alias
Bosco, and his wife Marriam Nnabukeera, 21, said they were hired to
kill the boy on the request of a wealthy businessman who wanted the
bodyparts for ritual purposes.
He hired a village assassin who clobbered the boy in the head with a
hoe, killing him on the spot. Once this was achieved, the
traditional healer and his Tanzanian wife, beheaded the 12-year-old
November 18, 2008
Masaka couple charged with ritual murder
THE two traditional healers who beheaded their neighbours' son and
sold his head to a Kampala businessman (....)
“Kateregga and his wife Nabukeera have confirmed that they actually
murdered the boy, but I am not supposed to tell you more than that
about what they have told me,” the Masaka chief magistrate Batema
told The New Vision in an interview.
The two are said to have wooed Joseph Matovu’s son, identified as
Joseph Kasirye, to their house last week, cut off his head and
genitals and sold them for sh12m but they had only received
sh350,000 in cash.
November 2, 2008
- We can help end these murders - editorial
Thomas Kaggwa of Butiki killed his niece in a ritual murder and kept
the body for two months. The girl had even asked for permission from
her mother to visit Kaggwa.
December 4, 2007
- Father held over son’s murder
A man suspected of killing his 12-year-old son in what the Police
say was a ritual murder, has been arrested, together with a friend.
George Wadonya, a night guard, and Rose Nabwire, described as the
boy’s caretaker, were arrested on Wednesday following the grisly
murder of Joram Namanyira in Kitebi, a suburb of Kampala.
Child sacrifice is common in the central region of Uganda. People
who want to get rich or maintain their wealth (..) carry out ritual
Some bizarre cases have rocked the country in recent years. One of
them was the murder of six-year-old Edwin Muguluma in Wakiso
District in 2006. (...) And on Christmas eve 2007, a man carrying a
human head narrowly survived being killed by an angry mob outside a
shrine in Katwe, a Kampala suburb.
September 15, 2007
- Mob, Ritual Killing Worry Police
(...) In another
incident, a mutilated body of a woman aged between 25 and 30 years
was found abandoned in a bush in Kanyanya, Kawempe division in what
the Police suspect to have been a ritual murder.
July 14, 2007
- Concern is growing in Uganda over the rise of ritual killing of
children, according to media reports. Two weeks ago, five-year old
Aggrey Muguluma of Rubaga Division was killed in a suspected ritual
by wealth-seeking criminals.
August 18, 2006
October 2011: A BBC undercover reporter tells the chilling story of
fear and lack of rule of law in Uganda
October 11, 2011
January 2010: A BBC investigation into human sacrifice in Uganda
suggests that ritual killings of children are increasing at an alarming
Attention: shocking contents!
here for the article
In Pictures: Child Sacrifice in Uganda (source:BBC)
BBC video on witch-doctors and child sacrifice in Uganda (14 minutes)
Attention: This video contains some disturbing images
Burn child killers - Mukono boss said
'If you arrest a suspect (...) burn them alive and only leave the
Police to collect the ashes' (...)
December 31, 2008
Hang ritual murderers - said Pastor Joseph Sserwadda,
Christian Victory Centre Church
December 28, 2008
Ritual murderers should face firing squad, say MPs
Witchdoctors who sacrifice children should be killed by firing squad,
MPs on the Parliamentary Forum for Children have proposed. MPs Mathias
Kasamba and Milton Muwuma yesterday said the punishment would discourage
others from engaging in the gruesome act.
Muwuma said: “I would also support the firing squad even though I know
the international community is against it. People who sacrifice children
should be shot instantly so that others can learn from them.”
The two MPs together with other members of the forum, Rose Munyira and
Moses Mukose, were talking to the press about the recent cases of child
sacrifice in the country.
December 10, 2008
How will Ugandans remember 2008?
This year police recorded 14 cases of ritual murrder of children. (...)
The Independent, Dec 30, 2008
The Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Dr. James Nsaba Buturo also
said that the government is concerned about reports that some people are
killing children for ritual sacrifice in order to become rich. He siad
the government will do everything possible to ensure such people are
punished and the act discouraged.
December 4, 2008
Het laatste, zo bleek. Robinah’s zoon van zes was een paar dagen
geleden verdwenen. Hij kwam niet thuis van school. En niemand die wat
wist. Nu is Robinah bang dat haar zoon is ontvoerd voor een
offerritueel. Kranten schrijven wat ook mensen in de straat zeggen: het
aantal gevallen van mensoffers neemt toe. In de door witchdoctors
uitgevoerde rituelen zijn meestal kinderen het slachtoffer. Die zijn
puur en dan heeft toverkracht meer effect. Harde cijfers zijn er niet,
maar een maand geleden meldde Oeganda’s grootste krant The New Vision
dat elke week zo’n tien kinderen verdwijnen.
24 juni 2008