Luweero Police Halts Crack Down on Fake Healers

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Mutyaba Muwonge, the Chairperson of Uganda Neddagala Lyayo, Luweero branch, says those involved in the operation are unknown, which raises questions about their expertise. According to Mutyaba, one of the team members he didnt mention was arrested recently by Police in Nakasongola for aiding the ritual murder of Juma Kavuma, a barber at Kiryabyoya Trading Centre in Nakitoma Sub County.

Luweero police have halted a crackdown on fake traditional healers following allegations of extortion and questions on the credibility of the leaders of the herbalists. On Monday, police teamed up with Nakazadde (U) N'eddagala Lyayo, an association to traditional healers to crack down on fake practitioners.
 
 
The operation is backed by a letter from the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura. However, more than 100 traditional healers protested the operation questioning the credibility of Jimmy Patrick Mudhungu, the President General of Nakazadde (U) N'eddagala Lyayo and his team.
 
 
Mutyaba Muwonge, the Chairperson of Uganda N'eddagala Lyayo, Luweero branch, says those involved in the operation are unknown, which raises questions about their expertise. According to Mutyaba, one of the team members he didn't mention was arrested recently by Police in Nakasongola for aiding the ritual murder of Juma Kavuma, a barber at Kiryabyoya Trading Centre in Nakitoma Sub County.
 
 
He says the same person conned Luweero town residents Shillings 40 million in a false exorcism, saying they can't cooperate with them.
 

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Namugambe Nakaggwa, traditional healer in Nakadingidi village in Wobulenzi town, says the operation is aimed at extortion and not to fight fake practitioners. 

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Bomboka Muyanja, the Inspector for Luweero Uganda N'eddagala Lyayo Association, credible traditional healers and leaders should be selected to carry out the operations. According to Muyanja, local traditional healers have resolved to attack and harm any person who trespasses in their shrines if their concerns are not addressed. Abdul Nadduli the Luweero LC 5 Chairman has backed the protests, saying there is no transparency in the operation.
 

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Our reporter couldn't reach Jimmy Mudhungu, the President General of Nakazadde (U) N'eddagala Lyayo to respond to the allegations leveled against him and his team.
 
Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah Regional Police spokesperson, says Police has halted the operations until differences and issues raised by the traditional healers are addressed. He however, defends the operation, saying some wrong elements have infiltrated the practice of tradition healers.


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Nakazadde (U) N'eddagala lyayo  is a splinter group from Uganda N'eddagala Lyayo ,an association of traditional healers and herbalists.



 
 
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.