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74-year-old Man and Family Expelled from Village over Witchcraft

A 74 year old man has been expelled from a village and his property including his homestead destroyed over alleged witchcraft.
A 74 year old man has been expelled from a village and his property including his homestead destroyed over alleged witchcraft.

The elderly man has been identified as Erinest Kule Mwanawamukalhi, a father of eleven and resident of Lhuhiri village in Lhuhiri parish Mahango Sub County, Kasese district.

 

Residents in a meeting held on February 21, 2013 during the community policing exercise by Uganda police resolved to have Kule and his family expelled from their village.

 

They accused Kule of being responsible for the death of the area former LC I boss who was also the head teacher of Kyapa primary school.

 

Kule was accused by Phobis Thembo, the wife of the late Pascal Thembo Kabahinda, whom she claimed that before death fingered Kule as responsible for his illness and death. 

 

Thembo died in December 2012 at Mulago hospital.  The cause of his death was not made public.

 

However, another sympathizer of Kule who talked to this reporter on condition of anonymity said that Kabahinda had died of opportunistic infections caused by HIV/AIDS.

He said that the widow was afraid to reveal this to the community for fear of being stigmatised.

 

Although Kule denied the allegations, he said he was ready to leave the village since all his property had been destroyed in an act of mob justice.

Kule has sought refugee with his family at Kasese central police station. He is actively looking for a potential buyer of his land to leave for good.

 

The acting DPC Kasese Samule Opio said that then police would to open up general inquiry file into the matter.

 

In 2012 at least seven people were lynched in mob justice from the sub counties of Kyalhumba, Kisinga and Maliba on allegations of witchcraft.

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