Woman, Granddaughter Banished From Village Over Witchcraft Allegations

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Police in Masaka is stuck with a 66 year old woman and her grandson who have been banished from their village after being accused of witchcraft.

Police in Masaka is stuck with a 66 year old woman and her grandson who have been banished from their village after being accused of witchcraft. 

Maria Nabaweesi (66) and her granddaughter Irene Nakalema, a primary two pupil of St Mugaga Primary school Kyesiga, Masaka are stranded at Masaka police station after they were banished from Kyesiga village, in Kyesiga Sub County in Masaka district for being a witch.
 
Nabawesi was forced to seek shelter at Masaka police station last Wednesday after she was chased from the village by residents. She was accused of bewitching her sister Beatrice Namuddu leading to her sudden, inexplicable death.
 
The accusation against Nabaweesi was made by her own uncle John Walugembe. Residents then convened a meeting and resolved to banish her from the area.
 
While condemning the banishment, Masaka district police commander Henry Kavuma says they have began investigations to reports that the residents destroyed Nabaweesi's property before forcing her out of their village.
 
Speaking to the press at the police station, Nabaweesi denied being a witch and said the accusations were meant to tarnish her name. She said her sister had died of Brucella fever.