A witchdoctor and his boda- boda rider survived lynching in
Oyam district after a failed ritual to identify a cattle thief.
Paul Wajuma together with Nickson Ayo were rescued by police
after an angry mob descended on them when Wajuma failed to trace two bulls stolen from
one Denis Angura, a resident of Wiidyang Cell, Eastern Ward in Oyam Town
It is alleged that Angura who had lost two bulls thought help
from Wajuma, a witchdoctor from Ongonceng parish, Aduku subcounty in
Kwania district to perform a ritual to recover the animals. The witchdoctor
arrived in Oyam on a motorcycle being ridden by Ayo.
However, it is said the witch doctor’s ritual failed to work despite
having received 300,000 shillings as payment and this angered the community
members who started beating them randomly.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police spokesperson who
castigated people for embracing witchcraft, confirmed the incident saying police
intervened and rescued the victims but not a single suspect was arrested.
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In February this year, Kwania County MP Tony Ayo was accused
of hiring a witch doctor to perform a ritual at his home in Obolocani village Ajar
parish, Chawente Sub county in Kwania following theft of his 8 head of cattle.
The act led to the death of one Mike Odur and poisoning of Innocent Okello and
another only identified as Okello.
However, the MP denied the allegations saying he had not
lost any animals and that the witch doctor was hired by his younger brother.
Just a week before that, a thief ran to the scene of crime
with a swarm of bees covering his back and carrying stolen money in his hands after
he reportedly stole the money from a mobile money agent in Apac town.