Child sacrifice suspects charged with murder, await court action

Sunday March 24 2013

By EPHRAIM KASOZI

A group of family members who were arrested in connection with the death of a seven-year- old girl in Luweero District awaits court action after the police on Friday preferred murder charges against them.

The police in Luweero in collaboration with Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM) arrested the suspects, comprising two sisters, two brothers and an in-law following the February 26 murder of Sylvia Suubi in Nansaka Village, Butuntumula Sub-county in Luwero District.
Mr Bruno Tumwesigye, the head of the Criminal Investigation Department, confirmed the development, saying they were waiting for legal advice to proceed with the case.

The police remark comes hardly two days after one of the suspects, Mr Expedito Sekwa, recorded an extra-judicial statement before the Luweero Magistrate’s Court in which he confessed to killing the girl to take her blood and body parts.

“This is a case of child sacrifice according to the information got but we are trying to see if we can trace the buyer of human body parts,” Mr Tumwesigye said in a telephone interview.

According to the Police, Mr Sekwa was identified by the deceased’s brother, Canan Nankunda, 10, who reportedly survived with severe injuries after the suspect attempted to kill him by strangulation.
It is alleged that the two children were attacked by Sekwa, who is their former neighbor, while grazing cattle on February 26.

Mr Tumwesigye said Suubi’s body was found with missing parts while Canan was found unconscious with a deep cut on the neck. Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga, the executive director of KCM told journalists in Kampala that their intervention is part of the campaign to fight the rampant child sacrifice in the country.

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“It is fearful and unfortunate that parents who would protect children are the ones involved. And it has become very difficult to identify whether an incident was child sacrifice or not until a suspect is arrested,” he lamented. The detention of the five people pending court action comes hardly a week after a junior court in Makindye remanded two people to Luzira prison for allegedly murdering a two-month old child in a Kampala suburb.

The court remanded Mr Ali Mugerwa, the father of the deceased child and Ms Nakakande Mufumbya, a witchdoctor from Mubende District, until March 28. Last week, the police in Nebbi District arrested a family of five for alleged ritual murder of their one-year-old son.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

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