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Witch Doctor Beaten to Death for Entering Catholic Shrine

Residents of Kazekolere Trading Center in Rutete sub-county, Kagadi district on Wednesday morning clobbered to death a local witch doctor, whom they accused of accessing the Sion Catholic Tourism Shrine.

The deceased witch doctor has been identified as Swaibu Katumba from Kamuli district, who has been working in Kagadi district for six years.

He is said to have entered the shrine which is on top of a hill, in the dead of the night for unclear reasons and without permission.

Warren Byamugisha, the night watchman at the shrine says he heard three people at around 1:00am on the top of the hill.

He says he went and tried to talk to them peacefully but they refused to disclose their identities, which prompted him to make an alarm that attracted residents.

The growing mob then descended on Katumba and beat him up until he breathed his last, while his two colleagues escaped.

It is believed by some of the locals that Katumba was hired by a one Abel to go and perform rituals at the catholic shrine for unknown reasons.

The Kagadi Resident District Commissioner Ms. Lillian Ruteraho has condemned the act of mob justice,

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She said Kagadi Police has intensified investigations and will try to hold accountable whoever was involved in the act.

She described Katumba as a registered and recognized witch doctor in Uganda.

Meanwhile DPC Kagadi Romeo Ojara Oneck has confirmed that six suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder.

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