The Leader of Government business in parliament also Prime Minister, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, has concurred with a statement given by Internal Affairs minister, Jeje Odongo, linking Wakiso women murders to a secret cult, Illuminati.
Rugunda who was speaking during plenary presided over by Deputy Speaker, Hon Jacob Oulanyah, on Thursday said government stands in solidarity with all persons who have fallen at the hands of these criminals.
“We can’t dismiss witchcraft because it still characterises our society and stresses the need to transform,” Rugunda said, seemingly agreeing with Jeje’s statement linking them murders to ritual sacrifice.
Rugunda said harsh statements have been made about police but “we should also blame ourselves as people in society”.
Point of order
Hon. Monicah Amoding (MP Kumi District) rose on a point of order and asked if Rugunda knows that police is not doing its job “because of underfunding”.
She said the samples in the government lab only require Shs100m to carry out tests that can link these murders.
Oulanyah ruled against the point of order, saying the statement by Jeje notes that police has done something in these cases.
Leader of Opposition trashes Jeje’s statement
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, trashed Jeje’s statement saying it leaves a lot to be desired because it only highlights the names and locations the murdered women were found.
“We should pay attention to the fact that this may be an act of war, testing the capability of the national forces. Why Entebbe?” she queried.
She added: “The statement says ‘illuminati’. How do we even charge these people? If government has failed they should pack up.”
Kiiza noted that two women were killed in Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere’s palace and had sticks pushed inside their private parts. “This was not witchcraft, it was UPDF.”
She said government should declare a day of mourning for these women so that “we reflect and government gives accountability”.
For a country moving to middle income, it’s sad that “we” attribute crime to witchcraft, for God and my Country, she mocked.
MPs weigh in
Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto, suggested that if police has failed, MPs will move a motion to allow the UPDF to take over.
“Many of our security organisations are established to fight sophisticated crime like terrorism and not civilian crime,” Otto pointed out.
He said crime preventers are exposed because they officiate at weddings and burials.
“How then are they to do their job? When government is under pressure, they institute a commission of inquiry. We are yet to receive results.”
Kampala Women Member of Parliament elect, Hon Nabila Nagayi, demanded a thorough investigations as opposed to “this witchcraft notion” the government is running with at the moment.
She said witchcraft is synonymous with backwardness and tells of the state of society. “We need more authentic findings.”
Oliver Katwesigye, the Woman Member of Parliament for Buhweju District, recalled that the minister has attributed the killings to witchcraft wondering if the investigation pointed to this or it is just “hearsay”.
“You Mr. Minister (Jeje Odongo) should tender in your resignation because you have failed to protect Ugandans,” suggested Hon. Wamanga Wamai Jack, MP Mbale Municipality.