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Witch Doctor Arrested for Setting Brother's Home Ablaze in Alleged Sorcery Dispute :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Witch Doctor Arrested for Setting Brother's Home Ablaze in Alleged Sorcery Dispute

Sooka is locked up at Buwenge central police station awaiting prosecution on charges of malicious damage, inciting violence, and assault.
Robert Sooka, a witch doctor from Budhumbuli cell in Buyengo town council in Jinja district spent the night in police cells for allegedly torching his brother’s home. Sooka accused Livingstone Kibumba of practicing sorcery against members of his household.  

The torched property comprises three houses, three pit latrines, a kitchen, a storehouse, and a resting shade. Sooka is locked up at Buwenge central police station awaiting prosecution on charges of malicious damage, inciting violence, and assault. Both Sooka and Kibumba reside in their ancestral home, where they each operate shrines for survival. 

However, Sooka has been accusing Kibumba of importing dangerous spirits from Mombasa in Kenya. He claimed that these spirits prevented him from receiving clients at his own shrine and caused unexplained deaths among their extended family. Sooka sought the assistance of superior witch doctors from Luuka district, who, along with neighboring residents, condemned Kibumba for engaging in unacceptable ritual practices. 

Anger grew among the residents, led by Sooka, resulting in the demolition of Kibumba's residential houses and shrine. They also set fire to his property, killed his domestic animals, and destroyed his crops. The situation escalated to the point where Sooka and others attempted to attack Kibumba and his 15 family members. Police intervened and used tear gas to disperse the angry crowd. 

Police took Kibumba and his family members to Buyengo town council hall for safety and temporary refuge as they plan to rebuild their vandalized home. Sooka also led another group to attack his mother, Yozefina Saasila, 80 years old, whom he accused of remaining silent while Kibumba allegedly practiced witchcraft against their family members. 

Saasila suffered a serious fracture in her left arm and is currently receiving medical attention at a private clinic in Buyengo town council. The conflict between the two brothers began in February 2023. Authorities previously held a reconciliation meeting involving police community liaison officers, local leaders, and the public. 

However, the recent incident came as a surprise. Police detectives are gathering statements from eyewitnesses, and efforts to apprehend other suspects who are still at large are underway. James Mubi, the Kiira Regional police spokesperson, urged the public to seek the assistance of religious leaders to address misunderstandings rather than resorting to witchcraft or sorcery, which often result in division and violence instead of peaceful reconciliation.

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