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Tororo Pastor, 3 Others Arrested For Sacrificing 6 Year Old Boy

By Matthew Okello

 

TORORO

 

A self-proclaimed pastor in Tororo has been arrested for allegedly facilitating the kidnap and sacrifice of a six year old boy.

 

Ponsiano Olowo, a pastor from Kisoko, Gwarara was yesterday 3rd February, 2022 arrested together with three accomplices over the ritual murder of Patrick Osinde’s son.

 

The arrest followed the discovery of the boy’s body dumped in Mella Bridge in Podut A village with missing eyes and a skinned face.

 

The charged residents then immediately called Tororo police commanded by the district police commander Rodgers Chebene who moved with sniffer dog that led the team to the home of Wilfred Ochieng, a resident of Popany village still in Magola Sub County.

 

Ochieng was found at home eating roasted chicken and when cornered confessed to have been hired by a one Kenede Obbo, a boda boda rider commonly known as Nicolas, a resident of Ponyira village at 1 million shillings to murder and skin the boy for money rituals.

 

Obbo is said to have been hosting Ponsiano Olowo for over two weeks and it’s believed that the pastor is the one who could have ordered for this unfortunate incident.

 

Immediately residents heard about this, they ran past police to Obbo’s home and found the self-proclaimed pastor frightened in Obbo’s compound. The residents then started clobbering the pastor but was only saved by the police who shot up tear gas and live bullets to disperse the blood thirsty residents.

 

Police then arrested the Kisoko pastor together with Obbo’s wife. Obbo upon learning of the incident was seen running by residents who chased him until he was arrested at Mile 11 Jinja road.

 

Police immediately ran with the 4 suspects to the central police station to secure their lives. However upon their departure, the angry residents in protest went and burnt the homes of Obbo and Ochieng to ashes as partial payment for their act.

 

How it Happened

According to the boy’s father Patrick Osinde, a group of machete wielding men came to his house on Monday night and held him hostage for over 10 minutes while another group entered his mother’s house   where his children sleep. Osinde’s mother is still attending the father’s funeral that occurred last week.

 

After a short while, the team left without harming anybody but immediately they left, Osinde made an alarm that attracted the neighbors who later discovered that one child was missing.

 

Osinde was then advised by locals to file a case of kidnap in Mile 8 police post in Magola Sub County.

 

Unfortunately the body of the minor was found yesterday lying lifeless with all indications of child sacrifice.

 

The Magola sub county chairperson Ojwang Obbo says he is going to push the sub county council to pass by laws that will put to check the activities of witch doctors and fake pastors in his sub county.

 

Tororo DPC Rodgers Chebene condemned the act saying it’s against the human standards assuring the bereaved family that he will follow the matter to ensure that they are given justice.

 

He also asked the general public to be careful of persons who call themselves pastors without proper churches noting that most of them are witch doctors and are running under the guise of being pastors.

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