There was commotion on the shores of River Nile in Jinja this morning when residents of Budhagali village in Budondo sub county rose up against traditionalists accusing of fronting a fake sucessor to the late
Some of the resident stormed the holy alter that is commonly referred to
as “Nalongo,” where they attempted to grab the new oracle but were repulsed by traditionalists using sharp knives.
Resident reorganised to attack the altar again but police was notified to rescue the situation and allow the traditionalists to continue with
their rituals amidst insults from a dissatisfied congregation.
Residents allege that the traditionalists promised them that, the
new oracle would arrive floating on the river, which wasn’t the case.
Ismeal Mufumba, a fisherman says that, they planted lights
along the different points of the shores to clearly view the floating
experience in vain.
He says that the oracle originated from the water hythene covered with water allover their body , which confirmed their suspicion that he wasn’t floating.
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Bosco Kiiza, a fisherman says that he was sailing his boat
along the same route, which the much anticipated oracle was supposed to use
before accessing the shores. He says that he was shocked when he heard him scream on the shores.
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George Baliruno, another resident says that some traditionalists are seeking
spiritual fame by using the deceased’s shrine to enthrone a fake successor.
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Robert Wante, another resident says the traditionalists told them
to wait for eight days for a new oracle to float on water but they instead took
He adds that the traditionalists refused to employ trained
security personnel to guard the new oracle and only invited police when they were
experiencing resistance from dissatisfied locals.
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However, Nasur Ibanda, a traditionalist who unveiled the
oracle to the public says that Budhagali Nabamba is a spirit that use its’
servants the it feels like, adding that there is no guarantee that his chief priest must float
He says all the necessary rituals have confirmed
that the oracle has reappeared in another man.
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The Budondo sub county chairperson, Ayub Wabiika
says that he was invited to witness as traditionalists carried out their
rituals on the new oracle.
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Born Donozio Namunkanga Mukembo Zirabamuzale in 1914,
he earned the title of Budhagali Nabamba serving as the 39th oracle of the famous Bujjagali
falls from the late 1960’s till his death.
His successor whose identities are yet to be revealed as he is
still undergoing traditional rituals befitting his new title, will serve as the
40th oracle of Budhagali Nabamba, a spirit believed to be safe
guarding River Nile and all its’ inhabitants.