A witch doctor in Abim town council
is in trouble after being found with campaign posters of various political
Yahaya Kungu, who is believed to be
from Budaka district was found with the campaign posters of key political
leaders in his shrine in Angwee village in Angwee parish.
Bosco Lomeri, the area LC I
Chairperson, says angry residents stormed Kungu’s shrine on Thursday morning
after receiving reports that numerous people were frequenting his shrine seeking
powers to overcome their rivals.
According to Lomeri, the residents
demanded to know how the authorities permitted Kungu to operate in the area.
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The angry residents accused some of
their leaders and supporters of practicing sorcery against their political
Those whose campaign posters were
found in Kungu’s shrine include Lamunu Paska, a candidate for the Abim District
Woman MP seat, Godfrey Omara Debeckas, who contested in the NRM primaries for
the LC V chairperson’s seat and Michael Ayepa, the incumbent Labwor County MP
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Kungu, who is currently locked up at
Abim central police station, said he is a native doctor who only helps people
with minor health problems.
He also denied claims that he obtained the
posters to help politicians through sorcery to defeat their rivals, saying he
found the posters when he rented the house.
Godfrey Debecus Omara, one of the
persons whose posters were found in the shrine accused his political rivals of
being behind the act.
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Michael Ayepa, the area MP whose
campaign posters were also found in the shrine castigated the act, saying it could
have been a ploy by his political nemesis.
He argued that as a true Christian
he doesn’t believe in witchcraft.
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The Abim Resident District
Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka condemned the incident and wondered why
members of the public still resort to sorcery in this era and age even for
health conditions that are manageable at health facilities.
Hashaka warned members of the public
to desist from engaging in witchcraft since the act isn’t only illegal but also
detrimental to society, a wastage of resources, time and money.
According to the Penal Code Act,
practicing witchcraft is illegal in Uganda and any person found
guilty of the offense is liable to imprisonment of 10 years upon conviction.