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Alleged child sacrifices a grisly feature of Uganda’s elections

The Kyampisi Childcare Ministries says some people believe blood sacrifices will bring wealth and power.

File picture: An adult and child reach for each other through glass. Picture: sxc.hu.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni,Ugandan elections,Kizza Besigye
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JOHANNESBURG – Half a dozen children are said to have been murdered and mutilated as ‘good luck sacrifices’ in the run up to this month’s Ugandan election, which was won by President Yoweri Museveni.

A children’s charity is reporting this, saying arrests have been made but no cases have come to court.

The Kyampisi Childcare Ministries says some people believe blood sacrifices will bring wealth and power.

Six cases were reported from October to February in four districts in central Uganda.

Moses Binoga, coordinator of the anti-trafficking task force at the interior ministry, says children have been reported missing during the election period, but he can’t confirm the charity’s reports.

He says seven children and six adult sacrifice cases were reported in Uganda last year, compared to nine children and four adult sacrifice cases reported in 2014.

CONTROVERSIAL RESULTS

Chief observer for the European Union mission, Eduard Kukan, told reporters in Kampala that the poll was undermined by a “lack of transparency and independence” at the Ugandan electoral commission.

Museveni, 71, has presided over strong economic growth in Uganda, but faces mounting accusations at home and abroad of cracking down on dissent and failing to tackle rampant corruption in the nation of 37 million people.

The ruling National Resistance Movement party said the veteran leader’s victory showed “opponents failed to offer any alternative apart from empty promises”.

Museveni won 60.8 percent of the vote, while main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye secured 35.4 percent, according to the electoral commission.

Additional Reporting by Reuters

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