Shock and grief has engulfed a village in Uganda after police dug up the body of one of the two children who were allegedly killed by their father in a suspected ritual sacrifice.
Residents wailed as police, accompanied by pathologists, exhumed the decomposed body of Latif Kamulasi, 7. The body of his sibling, three-year-old Sahum Baizambona, is yet to be located.
Money for his children’s blood
According to police, Musilumu Mbwire, 46, confessed to slitting the throats of his two children after his employer asked for their blood.
The employer, who has since denied any involvement in the killings, allegedly promised Mbwire that he will pay him SHs4 million (KSh120,000) for their blood. He also promised that he will give him a commercial building at Bbaale Trading Centre in Kayunga District.
Both the father of the slain children and his employer have been arrested and are in custody at Kayunga Central Police Station as investigations into the shocking incident continues.
The incident comes days after Ugandan Parliament passed a law criminalising human sacrifice.
The Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice Bill, 2020 was passed by Ugandan Parliament on the 4th May.
The new law aims to curb rampant cases of human sacrifice in Uganda by addressing gaps in the existing legislation that do not adequately handle this appalling practice as a specific crime.
How Father was Busted
The children were reported to be missing by their uncle (father’s brother). He asked his brother where the children were, he claimed that he had taken them to their sister.
On asking their sister, she was oblivious of the children’s whereabouts. This prompted him to report the matter to the area defense secretary. He was arrested together with his employer and on questioning, he admitted to murdering his children.
“My boss promised me SHs4m and a house if I sacrificed my children and gave him the blood, but he has so far paid me Shs100,000,” he told the police.