According to Jamir Buyondo,the General Secretary Uganda Neddagala Lyayo an Umbrella body for traditional healers, the suspects have been operating illegally
Some of the arrested traditional healers at Njeru police division quaters. Photos by Emmanuel Balukusa
Three Traditional healers from Buikwe District have been arrested for alleged Impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
The suspects have been indentified as Lubega Hamili, 59, who was also found with a Holy Quran in his shrine and Kironde Budallah both residents of Namwezi zone in Njeru Central Division Buikwe District. Another suspect who was only indentified as Fred was arrested from Nyenga Division.
According to Jamir Buyondo,the General Secretary Uganda Neddagala Lyayo an Umbrella body for traditional healers, the suspects have been operating illegally.
"One of the suspects, Lubega Hamilu was found with the holy Quran in his shrine which contradicts with the Islamic faith but we have handed them to Police and they will be charged accordingly,” Buyondo told New vision.
Hamili Lubega one of the accused claimed that the holy quran was given to him by his late father and he decided to keep it in the shrine for safety. Another suspect Kironde was found with ritual items suspected to have been used to fleece people of their money.
Residents allege that Kironde has been in their area for over two weeks operating as a traditional healer.
ASP Julius Tugumanawe the OC Station in charge of Njeru Police Division confirmed the trio’s arrest adding that they will appear in court to answer charges of alleged Impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence upon completion of Investigations.
He thanked the traditional healer’s umbrella organisation for their support. He said this will help to reduce human trafficking in the district.
Some of the residents applauded Police and Uganda Neddagala Lyayo for coming up with the operation led by Shiek Juma Musa Bulo, the county Kadhi for Jinja Municipality.