Renown Dr. Ian Clarke of International Medical Group, Mayor of Makindye Division Kampala and the Chairman of Uganda Healthcare Federation wrote a blog post in regard to last week’s story about cannibalism in Rakai district.

The story was aired on Bukedde TV news at 10pm and appeared in the New vision of Thursday last week page 5 with this headline ‘Six arrested in connection with cannibalism in Rakai’.

According to the story a young couple with their baby, attended a funeral in Rakai District, but were not able to make it back home by nightfall, so they inquired at the village chairman’s house where they could stay. He offered them hospitality in his own home, but then excused himself, saying that he was going to prepare supper.

What the couple did not realize was that he intended them to be on the menu. The chairman returned with two other men with machetes, who attacked and killed the mother and baby. The man managed to escape with deep cuts to his head and fingers, and hid in the bushes. The next day he contacted the police, but by the time they searched the chairman’s house there were no bodies to be found.

When the chairman was interrogation, he admitted that he, his son, and another friend were habitual cannibals who preyed on strangers who approached them for help. He said there were other three people involved too. He confirmed the killing of the mother and baby, and said they cut up their bodies, sold some of the flesh and ate the rest.

Dr. Ian Clarke wrote and said that “when one checks the history of Uganda there was never a tradition of cannibalism like some other tribes, so surely such a practice raises basic questions about the state of our society today. Are we going backwards or forwards?”

He says with all that happened that last week where two young women were raped and murdered and the perpetrators have continued to threaten and harass their families, “there are some basic issues we still have to deal with.”

“Parliament has been preoccupied with issues of personal moral behaviour of late. However, any country which has to deal with sociopathic behaviour as basic as cannibalism, rape, defilement, murder and child sacrifice has a level of ‘moral’ problems which run very deep. The reasons for such behaviour are rooted in ignorance, superstition, greed, and poverty.”

He say that several hundred years ago Europe had similar issues, “and it was education and ‘enlightenment’, percolating downwards throughout societies from the church and government, which resulted in change. Moral depravity, manifested by such atrocious acts, occurs when a society has eroded its values to the extent that practically anything goes, and one can get away with it. I do not believe that Uganda has reached the lowest level, but the fact that we have had a spate of these killings recently gives us cause to consider where we are headed.”

He asks these questions,

“What is the level of ignorance in the villages that cannibalism can still be practiced?

What is the level of personal and social conscience that innocent girls can be raped and murdered and their bodies casually dumped?

What is the level of law and order for the society as a whole, and the efficiency of the police, to deter sociopathic behaviour?

What issues are the leadership of our society concentrating on?

Are we so preoccupied with ‘political issues’ that they are taking up all our time and attention, when there are such basic problems still going on? What about the extremely high number of defilements, what attention are we giving to this issue, and how are we stopping it?

Or is Nero fiddling while Rome burns?

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