Police in Rakai District is holding a woman for allegedly sacrificing her three-year-old son at Kassika village, Byakabanda Sub County in Rakai District.
The woman, Enid Nimusiima allegedly colluded with her new lover and neighbours to kill her son after she fell out with his father Charles Ssemyaalo six months ago.
Byakabanda Sub County chairperson George Bush said that residents reported the matter after they became suspicious after Enid and her new lover decided to bury the body of the child immediately after he died. The couple reportedly told the residents that their son had died after falling sick.
"We surprised when Nimusiima and her new husband alerted a few people that they are going to bury the son who had but just. They had not even informed us that the child was sick or did yet tell us the cause of his death," the chairperson said.
After the couple failed to answer their questions, the chair said that they were forced to exhume the child's body. He said that they found the child's body with missing head and private parts upon exhumation.
Bush said that they suspected the couple had sacrificed the son after finding him with missing body parts.
Ssemyaalo, the father of the deceased, told Daily Monitor that he separated with Nimusiima six months ago after having disagreements.
“I loved my wife, but when she started practising adultery, I decided to leave her. She took away my children and decided to stay with them on condition that I support her financially,” he explained.
Ssemyaalo added that the death of his son shocked him because he had not been informed that he was sick.
“My ex-wife did not inform me about our son’s sickness. I only learnt about his death from a resident who called me from my workplace in Wakiso,” he said.
Rakai District Police Commander (DPC) Joshua Kananura has, however, dismissed claims that the child was sacrificed but did not give more information about the minor's death.
The police commander only noted that “the matter was so confidential to be revealed to journalists”.