Police in Kiira region have arrested a man identified as Bosco Gudo and his wife Eseza Musasizi for allegedly killing their two and a half-year-old son Jordan Kitimbo in sacrificial rituals.
Gudo and his wife, both residents of Buwolelo village, in Buwenge sub-county, in Jinja district, are reported to have killed their son on Thursday and peeled off part of his skin, extracted unknown quantities of blood in a bowl and immersed his lifeless body in hot water, to cover up their crime.
It is alleged that they later covered his remains in clean bedsheets before rushing them to Buwenge general hospital mortuary.
Their actions raised suspicion amongst residents who informed police, that in turn mounted a search in the house, where they recovered human parts suspected to be part of the deceased's body.
According to Perepetwa Namukose a resident in the area, there was no reported fire outbreak at their neighbor's house, yet the parents claimed that the toddler had succumbed to fire burns.
"Our houses are close to each other, so it was hard for us to believe that Gudo's son would succumb to burns, without any of us noticing anything," Namukose says.
James Mubi the Kiira regional police spokesperson says that available reports indicate that these suspects have been mistreating Kitimbo, despite numerous cautioning from community members.
A team of detectives has been dispatched to expedite inquiries into the matter, adding that the suspects are being detained at Buwenge central police station.