District Chairman, Witchdoctors Clash Over Ordinance

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James Wandira, Nakasongola LC V chairperson has clashed with witchdoctors over the proposed ordinance to restrict the entry of witchdoctors in the district. Last month, Nakasongola district resolved to introduce an ordinance to regulate and monitor witchdoctors operating there.

James Wandira, Nakasongola LC V chairperson has clashed with witchdoctors over the proposed ordinance to restrict the entry of witchdoctors in the district. Last month, Nakasongola district resolved to introduce an ordinance to regulate and monitor witchdoctors operating there. It came after the district registered several cases of demon attacks on schools, health center and local government officials.


Some of the schools that were affected by the demon attacks include Kalalu primary school, Nakasongola Junior primary school, Kirojo College, Nabiswera church of Uganda primary school and Kalongo seed secondary school among others. According to Wandira when the demons attack theypossess pupils, pelt stones and cause invisible alarm amongst the affected people.


He says that witchdoctors ask for colossal sums of money to exorcise the demons.  Wandira accuses witchdoctors in the district for sending the demons into schools and health center to set ground for exploiting the residents in process of casting them away. He says that as a result, the district has drafted an ordinance to restrict entrants in the job, order fresh registration and empower LC chairmen to monitor activities of witchdoctors closely.


The district also plans to petition parliament over the 1957 witchcraft act which they claim have loopholes which make it difficult to successfully prosecute witchdoctors who involve in evil acts. The proposed introduction of the ordinance has not gone down well with witchdoctors in the district. Mutagubya Kalanga, who is based in Kalongo Sub County, says that the ordinance is not necessary and fears that it will infringe on their rights to practice traditional medicine.
 
 
Mutagubya explains that the district should instead carry out an operation to arrest fake witchdoctors who are fueling demon attacks in the district. Sylvia Namutebi aka Mama Fiina, chairman Uganda traditional healers’ association says that the ordinance is useless adding that witchdoctors in the district will not abide by it.
 
 
She explains that every Ugandan has a right to operate freely in any part of Uganda. Maama Fina says that they will petition court over the ordinance if it is passed and advised the district to liaise with the association to kick out fake witchdoctors who are destabilizing peace in the district. Witchdoctors also warned Wandira and his council not to temper with their work because they will fuel troubles which can lead to their impeachment from the offices

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.