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Police Recover Human Remains in Mityana Shrine

During an operation by security officers, several remains which include three skulls, hair, blood and bones were retrieved from Godfrey Luyombya’s pit latrine and shrine. Others recovered women knickers, animal skins and hides, among others.
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Police in Mityana district have recovered human remains buried in a shrine.

During an operation by security officers, several remains which include three skulls, hair, blood and bones were retrieved from the shrine and pit latrine of a witch doctor Godfrey Luyombya. Women's knickers, animal skins and hides, among others were also found in the shrine.     

The raid on Luyombya’s shrine followed several complaints from residents who accused the suspect of being involved in ritual murders. 

Isaac Kamoga, resident, notes that for several years Luyombya has been moving in the night with suspicious individuals and at times carrying several items in sacks which they often took to the shrine.

Yowasi Nakabale, the Zigoti East LC 1 Chairperson, says Luyombya was a lay leader in the church, but later established a shrine claiming that he had received vision from his ancestors.

//Cue in “Muzeyi yasooka…

Cue out…embeera atali ntuufu.”//  

Luyombya’s wives including Hamida Nakasinde and Caroline Nankya say they were also shocked when they saw police retrieving human remains from their home. Nankya, who has been married to Luyombya since 1980’s fainted on seeing skulls being pulled out of the shrine.  

Nankya told police detectives that although her husband had turned into a sorcerer, she never knew that he was involved in acts of human sacrifice.

Vox Pop  //Cue in: “Oyo yemuntu…

Cue out…musituke mulabe.”//  

Juma Kizito Bijampola, chairperson of traditional healers in Zigoti notes they have always told a section of their members to desist from such practices since they are illegal. 

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Cue out…na binyonyi.”//   

The Wamala Regional Police Spokesperson Norbert Ochom says investigations into the matter are still on going to ascertain whose remains were discovered in the shrine.

 //Cue in: “Mzee akwatidwa…

Cue out…okugyayo mutoyi.”//  

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