Jinja Traditional Healers Face Medical Tests in Screening Exercise

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Jinja Resident District Commissioner Richard Gulume Balyainho, says the exercise is a result of increased public concern abd complaints against traditional healers who are engaged in illegal activities and increasingly becoming a security threat to the district.

All traditional healers operating in Jinja district will be subjected to fresh screening, which will also include medical tests and examinations, district authorities have resolved.

Jinja Resident District Commissioner Richard Gulume Balyainho, says the exercise is a result of increased public concern abd complaints against traditional healers who are engaged in illegal activities and increasingly becoming a security threat to the district.

Over the last two months, Three children were beheaded in Mafubira, Bugembe and Walukuba. Residents suspect that traditional healers had a hand in the murders.

Gulume says there are more than 600 traditional healers operating within Jinja district but most of them are unknown and operate using different names in different places.

The district Authorities last month embarked on a security operation to crack down on illegal traditional shrines, following the death a five year old boy in Bugembe town council who was a victim of ritual sacrifice.

The traditional healers have elected a new district leadership with Mohammed Samanya and also set up committees to mobilize and register all traditional healers in the district.

Samanya says some people join traditional healing to survive and end up performing rituals that are not allowed in traditional healing. He says this has resulted into sacrificing infants, raping women and extorting money from unsuspecting patients in Jinja district.

Ahmad Bateganya one of the traditional healers says some of the healers use intoxicants like alcohol, kuber and marijuana and should be screened by medical personnel to save the people from dying in shrines.

He says as a member of the district leadership committee, all traditional healers’ blood and bodies must be screened and examined after the registration process is complete.

Alex Tumwebaze, the Kiira Regional Police Commander says the community and traditional healers should report any suspects to police especially those who will continue practicing traditional healing without registering.

Cases of human ritual sacrifice are common in Busoga region.  In 2013 eight people were held for killing and sacrificing a one year old child, while in Kamuli a man was arrested for killing his wife for ritual sacrifice.