Iganga Police Arrest Witch doctor Over Human Remains

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Timothy Wabutwa, the Iganga District Police Commander, says this is the second time Kazira is being found with human remains.

Fifty five- year-old Patrick Kiyimba, a traditional healer in Buyebe village, Ibulanku Sub County in Iganga district is in trouble for disturbing the people of the dead.
 
 
Kiyimba was picked up by Police over the weekend for allegedly exhuming the remains of the late Mikayiri Nakalanga and selling them to Saleh Kazira, another witchdoctor at Shillings 50,000. Nakalanga was buried in Buyebe village six years ago.

 
Kiyimba was arrested after residents led by their Village Chairperson, Siraj Kigazi pressurized him to confess to exhuming dead bodies in the area.

 
"I ask for your forgiveness but I just exhumed Nakalanga's body because Kazira who has a bigger shrine promised me Shillings 50,000 if I got him bones of a male adult," Kiyimba said.
 
 
 
According to Kigazi, the suspect was seen near the open grave of Nakalanga on August 6th, 2018, the day deceased's remains are said to have been exhumed.
 

Florence Nakalanga, the wife of the deceased, says her husband's remains were exhumed three weeks ago prompting them to report the matter to police.

 
"We invited witch doctors to witness my late husband's body, which was exhumed three weeks ago, but not much was done and I decided to inform police," Nakalanga told URN.

 
Following the incident, police together with the leaders of traditional healers under their umbrella body Uganda N'edagala Lyayo decided to demolish Kazira's shrine where they retrieved a skull and suspected human bones.
 
 

Timothy Wabutwa, the Iganga District Police Commander, says this is the second time Kazira is being found with human remains.
 

"This is the second time this man is being arrested on the same matter in a period of three months the last time being in June. But he was released by Iganga Chief Magistrate's court the first time because there was insufficient evidence," Wabutwa says.


Wabutwa says cases of exhuming human remains are rampant in the district, adding that investigations are ongoing to enable prosecution of all suspects.
 

On her part, Rehema Ssempala, the Spokesperson Uganda N'edagala Lyayo, says an operation is underway to screen all fake traditional healers in Busesa district who are using their shrines to promote human sacrifice and destabilize the peace of the dead