In a significant legal decision, the High Court in Iganga has sentenced a man to 52 years in prison after he was found guilty of the brutal murder of a five-year-old boy in a horrific ritual sacrifice.
Justice David Batema presided over the case, and in a separate ruling, he sentenced Issa Muyita, the father of the deceased, to 25 years for his role in the killing of his own son, Juma Muyita, who was a 5-year-old pupil at Mirembe Junior School in Kawempe. The tragic incident occurred in 2017, sending shockwaves through the community.
Justice Batema, in delivering the verdict, emphasized that the harsh sentences handed down to the perpetrators should serve as a stern warning to potential offenders who might contemplate similar heinous acts in the future. The court’s decision reflects a commitment to upholding justice and protecting the rights of vulnerable children.
The ruling was met with applause from child rights advocates and concerned citizens who were present in the courtroom. Their support for the court’s decision underscores the importance of safeguarding the well-being of children and ensuring that those who commit such horrific crimes face the full weight of the law.
Jackline Okui, the spokesperson for the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), welcomed the sentence, recognizing its role in delivering justice for the young victim and his grieving family.
She also took the opportunity to issue a heartfelt plea to parents and guardians, urging them to abstain from resorting to sacrificial practices in the misguided pursuit of wealth.
Okui emphasized that this deeply troubling phenomenon is alarmingly prevalent in the Busoga sub-region and has far-reaching consequences for the lives of innocent children.
This landmark ruling not only serves as a beacon of hope for child protection advocates but also sends a resounding message that society will not tolerate the barbaric acts of child sacrifice.
It highlights the collective responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of children, and it calls for increased awareness and action to eradicate this grave issue that continues to plague certain communities.