Local authorities in Bugweri district in eastern Uganda have apprehended a traditional witch-doctor named Bateganya Bwiga, aged 62, and his wife, Madina Baseke, aged 70.
This action follows the unfortunate death of a woman named Margaret Nantale, aged 53, who had been brought to their shrine for healing.
As reported by Fred Enanga, the spokesperson for the police, Nantale was transferred from the Obara shrine to Bwiga’s shrine in Budubye village, Buyanga sub county.
She received traditional treatment for three days. Despite her health deteriorating during her stay, Bwiga and his wife did not take her to a hospital for proper medical care. Instead, they continued to keep her at their shrine, leading to her passing away.
Enanga underlined that the witch-doctor and his wife are facing charges linked to their negligence, which resulted in the death of the woman.
In a related incident, also reported by Fred Enanga, a separate case took place in Nansana. Three siblings were apprehended by the police for fatally assaulting their brother.
This incident occurred because the victim, Aloysius Namwanja, aged 37, refused to participate in a ritual aimed at appeasing the family’s supposed dark spirits.
The incident unfolded in Lulagala cell, Kavule ward, situated in Nansana municipality, which falls within Wakiso district.
According to Enanga, the siblings, namely Isaac Kawuki, Namubiru, Bisaso Tony, and Tamale Fred, accused Aloysius of hindering the appeasement of the family’s dark spirits.
Allegedly, the restless spirits were causing negative effects on the family’s fortunes.
The siblings proceeded to restrain Aloysius, using sticks to assault him until his unfortunate demise. His body was subsequently burned to ashes.
At present, three of the siblings are in police custody, while the instigator of the murder, Isaac Kawuki, is currently evading authorities.