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Patient Dies after Visiting Shrine in Kitgum, Witchdoctor Arrested

Kitgum District Police Commander Moses Bwire says those arrested include a 70-year-old witchdoctor identified as Terina Angeyo, and his aides; Richard Komakech, Patrick Oringa, Margaret Achola, Florence Adong and Sabina Aya, all residents of Layik East Village, Kitgum district.
Police in Kitgum is holding six people for their alleged involvement in the sudden death of a man who reportedly visited a shrine to seek traditional remedies for a health condition.  

Kitgum District Police Commander Moses Bwire says those arrested include a 70-year-old witchdoctor identified as Terina Angeyo, and his aides; Richard Komakech, Patrick Oringa, Margaret Achola, Florence Adong and Sabina Aya, all residents of Layik East Village, Kitgum district.  

They were all arrested today, following the death of one Isaac Nokrach, a resident of Ojuma Village, who was last seen on Wednesday entering the shrine. It is alleged that the witchdoctor had asked the man to present a black goat to be used during the rituals for his treatment.  

However, during the rituals held on Thursday, the patient reportedly turned violent and assaulted the witchdoctor and his aides forcing them to abandon the shrine for refuge in the nearby village.  

According to Layik East Village Chairperson George Odokorach, the patient kept terrorizing village members on Thursday night and reportedly stormed a home belonging to another resident; Oscar Komagum, where he spent the night after ejecting all the family members. He was found dead this morning.  

Bwire says investigations into the matter are still ongoing and a charge of murder has been registered against the witchdoctor and his team, to explain the kind treatment they administered before the patient became violent.  

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech condemned the incident and cautioned members of the public against engaging in witchcraft and other practices that are detrimental to society.  

Komakech added that the district security would mount a crackdown against witchdoctors and unlicensed traditional herbalists who are reportedly sabotaging government programs by discouraging people from seeking health services from health facilities.