Lwengo: Police Investigates 2000 Shrines, Quack Healers

Uganda police force has initiated investigations to crack down on the escalating number of traditional healers in Lwengo district.

According to police, there have been consistent deaths of people in the district at the hands of traditional healers.

Police said that at least in the past two months, six people comprising of women and children have been reported killed in what is highly suspected to be ritual sacrifices.

Last week, a team of police officers from the agency headquarters led by AIGP Asan Kasingye pitch camped in the district and met with local leaders and district security council to find solution to the murders that have caused panic among the residents.

Addressing the press on Monday, Police spokesperson SSP Emilian Kayima revealed that it was established that Lwengo district has over 2000 shrines highly suspected to be manned by quack healers who are engaged in commission of crime.

He added that many of them could be involved in fraudulent deals and many residents have lost a lot of wealth due to the tricks practiced by suspected traditional healers.

In the meet, Kayima told journalists that it was resolved that all district residents register with their respective LC 1 chairpersons and the district teams will register all shrines.

According to the police publicist, all traditional healers will be profiled by the security teams for security purposes.


On the recent murders, Kayima said that police homicide teams are on ground and have started examining and reviewing the six case files that involved loss of lives.

However it has been established that police has improved its patrol system in the district also supported by the recent innovation of counter telephone contacts.

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