16-year-old girl killed in suspected ritual sacrifice

Uganda: 16-year-old girl killed in suspected ritual sacrifice

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:39 pm

Police in Busia District have launched investigations into the death of a 16-year-old girl, whose body was found decapitated in a suspected act of child sacrifice.

Mercy Bridget Mwanga, a Primary Six pupil at Mawero East Primary School, went missing on June 6 and since then, her whereabouts were unknown.

However, all that changed on Friday when her body was found dumped in a maize garden near their home in Mawero East B Village, Eastern Division in Busia Town.

Mr Patrick Lule, the officer-in-charge at Busia Central Police Station, on Saturday confirmed the incident.

“The deceased left home riding a bicycle in the afternoon of June 6 and mysteriously disappeared until her decomposed body was discovered in a maize garden on Friday,” he said.

Mr Peter Paado, the area LC1 Chairperson, said the deceased’s breasts and some other parts were chopped off, raising suspicion that she might have been a victim of child sacrifice.

Residents recall an incident that happened on January, 2 2014, when parents of a 2-year-old baby are said to have slit his tummy, drunk his blood and ate his liver before being arrested by police.

Then, on March 8, 2016, Hassan Wasemba a 12-year-old pupil of Madibira Primary School in Busia municipality was found dead a week after he was kidnapped.

Police investigated the case and arrested one of his stepbrothers after his phone was traced to the one that was used to demand for ransom.

In 2019, a 12-year-old Primary Six pupil of Mawero East Primary School was found murdered under unclear circumstances.