Four Arrested for Alleged Child Sacrifice in Bugiri

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The suspects are alleged to have convinced the deceased's parents that they were taking their crippled child for ritual cleansing, only to return on Saturday without him. They claimed that he was left at a traditional healer.

Police in Bugiri district has arrested four family members on allegations of murdering a four-year-old boy, Aksam Okalo. 

The suspects who are being detained at Bugiri central police station include the deceased's grandfather, Hassan Mugenyi, and uncles, Adam Kawanguzi, Juma Igaga, and Hassan Mukama.  

The suspects are alleged to have convinced the deceased's parents that they were taking their crippled child for ritual cleansing, only to return on Saturday without him. They claimed that he had been left with was left at a traditional healer. 

However, the curious parents led by residents mounted search for the missing child and recovered his body in a shrine. 

Okalo's body which was missing a tongue and private parts was found abandoned in a shrine located in Matovu C village, Nankoma Sub County. 

Okalo's body was taken to Bugiri general hospital mortuary for post-mortem.


The deceased's father, Adam Wanyama told journalists that, his father accused him of giving birth to a cursed child and was always wanted the child to be given away for ritual cleansing.


"My father made life hard for me and my wife as he accused us of giving birth to cursed child who urgently needed ritual cleansing, but both of us are Muslims and it was not okay for us to dedicate our innocent child to the spirits. But on Saturday as I was away my brothers and father stole the child from my wife and ran off with him, "he says.


James Mubi, the Busoga East police spokesperson says that traditional leaders have failed to sensitize their members on the dangers and legal implications of engaging themselves in child sacrifice.


This is the second case of child sacrifice reported from Nankoma Sub County in a period of two months.