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The Ugandan Government | Petition To Draft and Enact Legislation Condemning Child Sacrifice

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Posted July 19, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Child Care ~ 3,046 views

     

To The Government of Uganda — We the undersigned petition H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni; the First Lady of Uganda—Hon. Janet K. Museveni; the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga; the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Jacob L’Okori Oulanya; the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Welfare—Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut; the Leader of the Opposition Party Parliament of Uganda Hon. Nandala Mafabi; and other Hon. Members of the Ugandan Parliament to draft and enact legislation specifically addressing the practice of child sacrifice in Uganda.

Each year untold numbers of children are abducted, mutilated, or murdered as innocent victims of ritualistic child sacrifice. A recent report on child sacrifice and the mutilation of children in Uganda (HumaneAfrica, 2013) indicates that cases of child sacrifice are still on the rise with at least one child mutilated or killed every week for ritual purposes (http://www.whrin.org/uganda-child-sacrifice-and-the-mutilation-of-children-in-uganda/).

While the Ugandan government has made some efforts towards this agenda through the creation of a specific task force to combat child sacrifice, specific legislation and enforcement of the law is still lacking. Legislation by the Ugandan government would provide tangible assistance in the dedicated efforts to combat the practice of child sacrifice in Uganda. This petition adds voice to an increasing number of civil society groups and citizens calling for similar actions from the Ugandan Government.

A composite definition of child sacrifice:

“Child sacrifice is the harmful practice of removing a child’s body parts, blood, or tissue while the child is still alive. These body parts, blood or tissue are either worn, buried, or consumed by an individual in the belief they will assist with a number of issues including: overcoming illness, gaining wealth, obtaining blessings from ancestors, protection, initiation, assisting with conception, and dictating gender of a child (HumaneAfrica, 2013).

Read more about child sacrifice:

Witchdoctors reveal the extent of Child Sacrifice in Uganda (BBC News Report, 2010): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8441813.stm Uganda: Man arrested trying to sell a child (New Vision, November, 2011): http://allafrica.com/stories/201111160872.html Where child sacrifice is a business (BBC News Report, October, 2011): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15255357 End Child Sacrifice Report (Jubilee Campaign and Kyampisi Childcare Ministries, 2011): http://www.jubileecampaign.co.uk/child-sacrifice-report


Together, we can end child sacrifice

Sincerely, 
[Rose Nanyonga Clarke]

To:
H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President of the Republic of Uganda
info@statehouse.go.ug

Hon. Janet K. Museveni
First Lady of the Republic of Uganda
jkataaha@parliament.go.ug

Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga
Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda
rakadaga@parliament.go.ug

Rt. Hon. Jacob L’Okori Oulanya
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda…


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    Fellow Ugandans,

    A recent study examining child sacrifice and mutilations in Uganda—the first ever—indicates that every week a child is either mutilated or sacrificed for ritualistic purposes (http://www.whrin.org/uganda-child-sacrifice-and-the-mutilation-of-children-in-uganda/). Startling findings and personal accounts of tragic stories are well documented in this report and yet, as usual, it hardly made the news. For so many of us who are removed from the tragedy, it’s just another report and another week at the office. We may plan to “get to it” at some point, but life and time runs away from us even when we are well intentioned. Many of us wonder what can be done and have engaged in various campaigns to bring light to the issue. This year, I feel more than ever, that our government can do so much more to support efforts geared towards ending child sacrifice and other crimes related to this practice in the country. To that end, I have initiated a petition (you can sign it here: http://chn.ge/18l8Yih) urging the government to draft and enact legislation specifically addressing the practice of and crimes related to child sacrifice.

    The Witchcraft Act of 1957 (http://www.ulii.org/ug/legislation/consolidated-act/124), the only law that currently addresses activities related to witchcraft, is insufficient and does not clearly articulate crimes related to the practice of child sacrifice. Sadly, not many citizens or law enforcement officers are aware of its existence and hardly is it ever enforced. Between 2006 to date, law enforcement officers and prosecutors have not been able to, where substantive evidence exists, successfully and consistently prosecute and hold accountable individuals who have been found guilty of these crimes. I believe that a law that is much more clearer than the Witchcraft Act of 1957, would serve the public better and would go a long way in establishing grounds for prosecution—thus supporting the decision-making process of law enforcement and other stakeholders.

    George Mukisa whose story appears in multiple news media publications (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu973ojJjSQ: http://www.newvision.co.ug/article/fullstory.aspx?story_id=314968&catid=1&mid=53) has almost become the face of child survivors of sacrifice and mutilation crimes against children in Uganda. My hope is that, through this campaign and petition, we can call for something like a ” George Mukisa Law/Bill” that clearly articulates the practice and crimes related to child sacrifice without really muddling into witchcraft and traditional beliefs.

    Obviously, I am open to more ideas on this and by the time we have a million signatures to deliver to the State House and Speaker of Parliament, hopefully we would have gained momentum and more knowledge about what it is the

    government needs to do to support our civic duties to our nation. Before the next child gets mutilated or sacrificed, or buried under someone’s house/foundation, lets add our voice, signature, and anything else we are able to do to prevent it. We, as a nation, have collectively stalled on this issue long enough. We must now sustainably engage our government in dialog designed to move things along with tangible outcomes.

    Every Ugandan has a responsibility to do something about this before it gets out of hand—even if all we can do is add our signature to a paper, or tell someone (our family, friends of Uganda, our community and religious or cultural leaders, our politicians etc.) to do what we just did. Your one signature will move us towards our goal of a million!

    Thank you for joining the campaign, for spreading the word, for your partnership and for just being one more Ugandan willing to make a difference. We will get all our signatures to H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the legislative body (the house of parliament) once we reach our target. With one voice of a million, we hope that we will be heard.

    Folks, we can do this,

    Warmly and with gratitude,

    Rose Nayonga Clarke

    Sign the Petition: http://chn.ge/18l8Yih
    More news on Blog: http://rosenanyongac.blogspot.com/
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    Media: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/8550854.stm
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