The Police in Katwe have arrested a witchdoctor suspected to have murdered a two-month old child in ritual sacrifice.
Last week, Bukedde newspaper run the story of a man, Ali Mugerwa, who abducted his own child, Akram Mugerwa,in the dead of the night on December 8, 2011 and took him to witchdoctors for sacrifice in exchange for wealth. On Saturday, Police, in coordination with Kyampisi Childcare Ministries arrested Teopista Nakakande and her helper Moses Kasiita from Ssekabusolo village in Mubende.
The Katwe Police Station assistant officer in-charge, Benard Odyek, commanded the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects. The Police found two shrines at Nakakande’s home, though she denied knowledge of the child. She said Mugerwa went to her place saying he wanted to go to Dubai to get rich. Her helper Kasiita said he knew Mugerwa from way back because he always visited their shrine in Mubende but he denied ever traveling with him to pick a child for sacrifice.
Following his arrest last week, Mugerwa of Masajja B Kibira Zone confessed that a friend took him to Nakakande who in turn instructed him to get her body parts including ears, a tongue, private parts and blood to be used in the ritual.
The childs body was disemembered by the witch doctor in part of a ritual to bring riches to Mugerwa. A 2010 BBC investigation discovered that child sacrifice was worrying more common in Uganda than authorities may realise. They interviewed a witch doctor who “explained” the rationale behind the ritual murder of children:
” He told us that clients had come to him in search of wealth. “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.”
Quite why people believe killing children will bring them riches is not fully explained within the article. But this barbarous practice is undoubtedly one of the most shocking consequences of “traditional” beliefs or superstition.