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Traditional healers Demand Review of Witchcraft Act

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Traditional healers in Jinja are demanding for amendments to the 1957 witchcraft Act, to address crimes being perpetuated by impersonators, which is affecting their operations.
The healers claim that the Witchcraft act does not address crimes like Human sacrifice, fleecing patients of their money and property by some of the people claiming to be traditional healers.
They now want the act revised to clearly spell out operations of traditional herbalists, their certification and what their work involves.
Siraje Kinagoidhi the president of the New Uganda ne Dagala Lyayo Association says that when the 1957 witchcraft act was designed many of the people who were operating as traditional healer's were genuine but today the practice has been invaded by con men.
He says this explains why most of the people claiming to traditional healers never operate in their home areas, where they are known, because they are quacks.
Kinagoidi attributes inhuman acts committed against patients by some of the traditional healers to weakness in the current laws.
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Kinagoidhi, also says that a single body should be set up to regulate activities of traditional healers to avoid impersonators, who are fleecing them off their hard earned money.
He says that National Drug Authority that is currently charged with the responsibility of regulating their activities lacks the basic understanding of their practices, saying a special body should be formed to oversee their operations.
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About only 40 percent of traditional healers operating in Uganda are officially registered.

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