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Grave vandalism blamed on traditional healers

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Mr Patrick Mudungu (L), the chairperson of Uganda Traditional

Mr Patrick Mudungu (L), the chairperson of Uganda Traditional Healers and Herbalists Association welcomes Hajj Abdul Nadduli (R) at the meeting in Luweero Town on Saturday. Photo by Dan Wandera. 

By  Dan Wandera

Posted  Monday, September 1  2014 at  01:00

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At least eight graves have been vandalised and remains of the dead taken since January.

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Luweero- Luweero District chairman Abdul Nadduli has blamed the increasing cases of grave vandalism in the area to unregulated activities of traditional healers.

Hajj Nadduli said Luweero has become a hiding place for fake traditional healers who engage in evil acts, including grave vandalism as a way of getting money.

“You traditional healers cannot run away from activities of grave vandalism here [Luweero]. Your activities are not regulated and have been infiltrated by self-seekers who engage in illegal acts,” Haji Nadduli told traditional healers at a security meeting held in Luweero Town on Saturday.

He said traditional leaders should streamline their activities to rid themselves of fake individuals who are tarnishing the job.

“Your activities are full of intrigue, infighting and falsehood. Many of you connive with police to execute your exhortations but we are watching and soon we shall put a stop to these illegal activities.” he said.

During the same meeting, Savana region police commander Musa Nabende said the Force had started investigations on some officers who are allegedly conniving with traditional healers to carry out those illegalities.

“We cannot sit and watch as you conduct illegal acts. Your profession must be regulated with clear guidelines,” he added.

However, Mr Patrick Mudungu, the chairman of Uganda Traditional Healers and Herbalists Association, said they were making arrangements to have all genuine traditional healers get licences so that they could weed out fake ones.

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