Police say the cult whose members are mainly wealthy Kampalans originated from West Africa
Police are investigating a religious cult of predominantly wealthy people linked to human sacrifice in the country.
The Observer has learnt that Police earlier this year, acting on a tip-off, sanctioned an investigation into claims that some wealthy people in the country are responsible for the spiralling acts of child human sacrifice in the country.
The Acting Commissioner of the Police Investigations Department, Moses Binoga, told The Observer in an interview last Thursday at CID headquarters in Kibuli that the Police are taking these allegations seriously.
“We are investigating a cult which makes them [followers] take human blood periodically. It is a devil cult,” Binoga says of the Kampala cult.
Binoga, who also heads the Collation Crime Intelligence Unit, could however not discuss their findings so far, citing fear of jeopardising the investigations.
Human sacrifice and more intensely child sacrifice is not new to Uganda.
These are some of the cases that made news before 2008.
But in December 2008, the arrest of businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi in connection with the kidnap and ritual killing of 12-year-old Joseph Kasirye, brought to light many other cases totalling 318 in 2008 — up from 230 in 2006.
Kajubi is accused of buying the head of the boy for witchcraft to boost his wealth.
“Kajubi’s arrest attracted the attention of very many people and after that everything that was happening was taken as human sacrifice, yet in reality the situation is not so bad, it’s been contained; incidents are reducing,” says Binoga.
He adds many of the cases of missing children have been mistaken for child sacrifice when in fact it is human trafficking, as discovered by the CID.
Florence Kirabira, Acting Head of Child and Family Protection Unit, says an assessment by Police has revealed that many Ugandans are obsessed with money and becoming rich quickly without working for it.
Some of those obsessed with getting rich quick are ready to do anything, including killing —if that is what the witchdoctor recommends – to reach their goal.
According to James Ongom, an investigating officer, 40 children have lost their lives to ritual killings this year alone. Out of these cases, 15 have so far been investigated, but no one has been convicted.
Others attribute part of the belief in super natural powers to the recent wave of “Nollywood” movies from West Africa whose main themes are wealth and devil worship.