National
Rwenzori attackers paid witchdoctor for magic
Publish Date: Aug 05, 2014
Rwenzori attackers paid witchdoctor for magic
Kasese Mayor, Kabyanga, Bundibugyo Speaker Hashim Bikopo and Kibanzanga at the conference. Photo/ John Thawite
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By John B. Thawite

The attackers on the Rwenzori districts of Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo on July 5 paid sh30,000 each for magic claimed to be bullet-resistant
.

They paid the money to one Kasulenge, a witchdoctor, who administered the magic on them by putting herbs into incisions or smearing it on their bodies and assuring them that the fetish would ward off any bullets.

Over 200 of the attackers have been arrested and remanded for various offences while close to 440 had by Sunday surrendered, implying that they may have lost about sh21m.

The Rwenzururu chief prince, Christopher Kibanzanga, disclosed this at a peaceful conflict resolution conference held at the district multi-purpose hall Sunday.

The meeting was convened and chaired by retired Masaka RDC, Barnabas Bwambale, currently the Kasese District Elder's Forum chairperson.

Quoting some of the attackers who have since surrendered in Bundibugyo, Kibanzanga said the attackers, most of them youth, were "blinded, deceived, manipulated and exploited to their graves through a high level of lies and propaganda by selfish planners" of the attacks.

"These selfish individuals clouded our people's minds with false confidence of black magic that they claimed would shield them from bullets," he said.

According to Kibanzanga, the planners also deceived the attackers by convincing them that the UN and the SADAC forces would immediately come to their aid against the government forces a short while into the attack.

This is said to have heightened the enthusiasm and excitement of the unsuspecting youth making them attack the military barracks at Kanyamwirima and several police posts, where they were mowed by gunfire.

According to Kibanzanga, the attackers also argued that they fought for the cessation of the Bakonzo from Uganda to form an independent state - the Yira Republic.

Stop living in the past - Kibanzanga

Kibanzanga, who is the Rwenzururu cultural leader, Charles Wesley Mumbere's younger brother, castigated some leaders in the institution for living in the past.

Kibanzanga also challenged the institution to come out open on the July 5 multiple attacks in the Rwenzori sub-region.

He warned the Rwenzururu against suppressing other ethnicities in the area who also want their cultural identity saying Article 246 of the Constitution protects them.

The district chairman, Lt Col (rtd) Mawa Muhindo, cautioned the Bakonzo against persecuting the Banyabindi and Basongora.

"The late James Kazini was a Musongora. Did he not fight to save you from the ADF? Amon Bazira, a Munyabindi was instrumental in negotiating the Charles Mumbere's descent from the Rwenzori jungles in 1982," Mawa said.

The Mayor Kasese Municipality, Godfrey Kabyanga, urged those investigating the attacks to separate individuals from the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu institution.

The Speaker Bundibugyo Local Government, Hashim Bikopo, appealed for intensified mobilisation in the region to prevent a repeat of the tribal atrocities.

"The Churches and Mosques are always full every prayer day. So where are the wrong doers coming from?" he asked.

Closing the conference, Kasese RDC, retired Maj James Mwesigye, warned against tampering with security and stability in the region.

"You can shout in your different political parties but anyone who gets lured into fighting government will never return alive," he warned.

Mwesigye blamed the violence on some leaders who he accused of thriving on lies and misleading the wananchi

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pakistani sexual abuse case judgment flops
The judgment of a case in which two Pakistanis’ are charged with having canal knowledge against order of nature and domestic violence has been adjourned to December 22, 2014 by the Chief magistrate Buganda Road court, Lillian Bucyana....
Daniel Kidega is new EALA Speaker
Ugandan legislator Daniel Kidega has been named the new Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, replacing Margaret Zziwa....
Archbishop raps KCCA over transfer of taxi park to Usafi
Archbishop Lwanga expresses concern over the difficult access of Nsambya Hospital following the transfer of taxis from the Old Taxi Park to Usafi Park....
Kisenyi Al shabaab terror linked case for January 5
The case of the 10 al-shabaab-linked terror suspects arrested in September in the city suburb of Kisenyi, has been pushed to January 5....
Man gets life sentence for raping, impregnating own daughter
A 54-year old man is to spend the rest of his life in prison for raping and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter....
Court rejects witnesses of ex-army commander
The General Court Martial in Makindye has rejected nine witnesses of the former commander of UPDF Battle Group 11+ in Somalia Col. Hassan Kimbowa....
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter