Parliament Grants Leave to MP Ayivu so as to introduce the Human Sacrifice Bill
Parliament granted leave to the Member of Parliament for Ayivu county Bernard Atiku to introduce a private members bill for an Act entitled the prevention and prohibition of Human sacrifice and Harmful bill 2017.
The motion seeking leave was seconded by the woman member of parliament for Kumi district who is also the chairperson of the Uganda w
Women Parliamentary Association Monica Amoding on the 18th of July 2017.
“Despite of the existence of international instruments, national laws and Government efforts in place to protect individuals right to life and degrading acts , ritual killings and human sacrifice practices are on rise in the country and children being the common victims” said Ayivu
He added that the bill seeks to fight the growing evil of Human sacrifice in Uganda since the witchcraft Act has lost relevance in today’s circumstances.
“ Since 2009 about 219 cases of ritual murders have been reported from different parts of the country”
He pointed out that child sacrifice is highly happening in central region districts which include Mukono ,Masaka,Buikwe, Mpigi, Wakiso, and Kampala. There are some cases in Busoga sub-region especially in Jinja, a few in cases West Nile region and northern Uganda.
Kumi district woman MP, Monica Amoding noted that 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 justifies increase in cases of human sacrifice.
The Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa said that government has no objection to this bill saying that the mover of the bill is complimenting government effort to stop acts of child sacrifice.
The deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah concluded, informing MP Atiku to go and prepare for the presentation of the bill.