Tuesday May 6 2014

High Court jails 12 people for killing two traditional healers


The High Court in Iganga has sentenced a Local Council III councillor and 11 other people to 15 years in jail for killing two traditional healers.

The convicts include Catherine Abbo, a councillor at Nambale Sub-county in Iganga District, Moses Batuli, Juma Waiswa, Tenywa Yairo, Ayub Muganda and Nulu Takwemazayo.

Others are Lilian Nakate, Rehema Tiwuwe, Makadya Isabirye, Sowali Kagaali, Arajab Kairu and Charles Isabirye.

Prosecution told court that the group held a meeting at the councillor’s home in Nambale village in February 2011 and planned to attack Nambale Police Station in Iganga where the traditional healers, Peter Itazi and Moses Mwidu, were being held.

Alleged ritual sacrifice
The two traditional healers had been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnap and ritual sacrifice of a four-year-old boy who had earlier gone missing from the village.

According to the prosecution, the group which was armed with sticks, stones and machetes, overpowered the officers on duty and lynched the traditional healers.

Two days after the killing of the two, the boy was found living with a relative in neighbouring Naibiri village.
Throughout the trial, the convicts denied the charges against them but presiding judge Elizabeth Elividza said prosecution had proved that they had committed the offence.