Crime & Investigation

Parliament Bolsters Crackdown On Witchcraft


there geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This followed a petition to Parliament in which concerned citizens argued that witchcraft is at the heart of rising cases of child sacrifice and ritual murders.

MPs further expressed the need to enact a law that can protect children from being sold by for ritual ceremonies.

Last week, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) warned media houses against the promotion of witchcraft in Uganda.

Section 2 of the Witchcraft Act (Cap 124) prohibits the practices of witchcraft and a person who holds himself or herself out as a witch, whether on one or more occasions, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.

The envisaged legislation could put an end to cases of obtaining money by false pretence by witchdoctors and ritual murders which scores of children have been killed.

Section 305 of the Penal Code Act (Cap 120) provides that “any person who by false pretence and with intent to defraud obtains from any other person anything capable of being stolen, or induces any other person to deliver to any person anything capable of being stolen commits an offence and is on conviction liable to five years imprisonment.”


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