Parliament passes Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice Bill, 2020

Parliament passes Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice Bill, 2020

Parliament has passed the Prevention and Prohibition of Human Sacrifice Bill, 2020 which provides for a death sentence or life imprisonment for a person involved in human sacrifice.

The Ayivu County MP, Bernard Atiku tabled the private member’s Bill whose object is to provide for the offence of human sacrifice, fines and penalties on April 8th, 2021.

Tabling the bill, Atiku explained the need for a separate law on human sacrifice and its criminalization. Apparently, human sacrifice is not punished in its own right.

Clause 3 of the Private Members Bill states that (1) A person shall not finance another person, directly or indirectly to commit the offence and subsection (1) provides a death sentence to a person who commits the offence.

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga said that the bill is justice for the 12-year-old boy, Joseph Kasirye, who was a victim of human sacrifice by Kato Kajubi.

She said, ‘‘with the passing of this bill, we can say that we have done just that for him.’’

MPs David Bahati, Baba Diri among others expressed optimism that it will protect children especially the disabled who are a target of human sacrifice.