THE body of a boy suspected to have been kidnapped for a ritual sacrifice was on Thursday found in a pit-latrine in Kyaitamba village in Hakibaale sub-county.
The seven-year-old victim only identified as Bwenge, was son to Samuel Mwesige of Kyaitamba trading centre. He went missing on Monday last week.
The district head of criminal investigations, Enock Ndyomugenyi, said the body, recovered from the pit-latrine belonging to Grace Kansiime, had several cuts, with the tongue, private parts and heart missing. It was wrapped in a sack. Kansiime is a sister-in-law of a traditional healer, Boniface Kabinda, from Ganyenda in Kamwenge district.
â€œThe boy was kidnapped on his way to school on Monday morning. When the search started, the witchdoctor asked for sh1.5m from the parents to help them trace the missing child,â€ said Ndyomugenyi.
The western region Police spokesperson, Elly Maate, said the parents sold a cow at sh400,000 to pay Kabinda, who only produced clothes and books that belonged to the boy.
Suspicious residents stormed a room Kabinda had hired to use as a shrine, demolished it and set his property ablaze.
Maate said Kansiime, Kabinda and his wives, Molly Tumuheki and Scola Basemera, were being held at Fort Portal police station over the murder.
The Burahya MP, Steven Kagwera, urged district leaders and security organs to investigate traditional healers and ban them from advertising their activities on radio stations.
Kidnapped boy found dead