Ayivu County Member of Parliament (MP), Bernard Atiku has commenced research and consultations after being granted leave by Parliament on Tuesday to introduce a private member’s bill entitled the Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice and Harmful Practices bill 2017.
The motion seeking leave was seconded by the woman member of Parliament for Kumi District who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), Monica Amoding.
Atiku told Parliament that despite the existence of international instruments, national laws and government efforts to protect individual’s right to life and degrading acts, ritual killings and human sacrifice practices are on rise in the country with children being the common victims.
Atiku argues that the Witchcraft Act has lost relevance given the prevailing circumstances hence the need for a new law that will help in fighting the growing evil of Human sacrifice in Uganda.
Since 2009 about 219 cases of ritual murders have been reported from different parts of the country, mostly the central region districts of Mukono, Masaka, Buikwe, Mpigi, Wakiso, Kampala and in Busoga Sub region especially in Jinja and few cases in West Nile and Northern Uganda.
“Just as the Minister of Ethics and Integrity made it clear one time that before most these buildings are set up, either a skull or a head of a child is laid in the foundation; this further justifies the need for us to put up a law that will comprehensively address child sacrifice and ritual matters,” Atiku said.
MP Monica Amoding said there is a feeling in the public that traditional medicine which involves blood and use of human body parts is stronger when applied to fight illness which explains the increase in cases of human sacrifice.
“We need the law to make it clear what traditional medicine should be as opposed to ritual medicine,” Amoding said.
The Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa said government has no objection to this bill, adding that the mover of the bill is complimenting government efforts to stop acts of child sacrifice.