Magidu Mutalya, the chairperson of traditional healers, says that in January this year, some residents attacked Wasswa accusing him of introducing bad spirits on their village and destroyed his shrines.
Led by the new Bujjagali oracle, Hassan Kirunda, the traditional healers from different districts of Busoga Sub region converged on Wednesday to construct a shrine following the death of the 39th Bujjagali oracle “Nabamba Budhagali,” late last year.
The plan to transform the historical site was first outlined 2014 with a mega aspiration of setting up a 36 billion Shillings complex to house, among others, a museum with artefacts detailing the different cultures and history of Christianity in Uganda, a modern library, conference hall, computer area, and a children’s park.
Authorities note that though the municipality has been hosting the day for years with a lot of indirect benefits due to the influx of people in the area for over almost a month, they have been lacking a proper plan strategized to ensure that the municipality remit some revue to its coffers.
Joseph Kawulula, a traditionalist from Namayingo district, says the contested land belongs to the spirits. He asks kingdom officials to support their efforts to construct a shrine rather than block their request.
Zaina Nakirya, a resident of the area says ghosts have been forcefully engaging her in sexual intercourse for the past two years. She says this has caused her psychological torture and also led to a breakdown of her marriage eight months ago.
According to Mwase, Lukowe can either relocate to Nile river banks where the spirits are said to reside or returns to her parents' home. The clan members also queried whether indeed Budhagali is the biological father of Lukowe’s young children.
Born Donozio Namunkanga Mukembo Zirabamuzale, the spiritualist, breathed his last on Saturday night after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He was chief Oracle of the spirits who live at Bujagali Falls, and the 39th spiritualist to submit to the spirits of the falls, which allegedly protected the community through him.
The suspects are alleged to have convinced the deceased's parents that they were taking their crippled child for ritual cleansing, only to return on Saturday without him. They claimed that he was left at a traditional healer.
He is alleged to have filed a case of a missing person at Nankoma police post, however, on interrogation, he failed to explain circumstances which led to the child’s disappearance, prompting police to mount search in the area.
According to the victim, Musoke, whose shrine was near their home, kept calling her to the shrine and repeatedly defiled her, saying the spirits would kill her if she ever revealed what transpire din the shrine.