Police and military intelligence operatives in Uganda have arrested a witch doctor and recovered five human bodies from his shrine in Kisoga Village, Nazigo Sub-county, Kayunga District.
The Naggalama Division police commander in Mukono, Ms Jesca Naawe, identified the suspect as Owen Ssebuyungo aged 27. He was arrested with three others, all witch doctors. They were identified as Junior Kibuuka, Fred Kiiza Semanda and Muhammed Wamala and have been taken to Naggalama Police Station.
Ms Naawe said the suspects will be charged with murder. She said one of the bodies is of a woman and the rest are of male adults.
She said the bodies were dug up from three shallow graves in Ssebuyungo’s grass-thatched shrine. “Two bodies of males had been buried in one grave, while four others were buried in separate graves but with clothes, the deceased was wearing when they met their death,” Ms Naawe explained. “The entire shrine where the graves were located had been cemented and we had to dig up the concrete to recover them,” she added.
Each body was buried with a Shs5,000 note. Police also recovered spears, and pots containing what is suspected to be human blood. Blood samples were picked to be taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory while the bodies, which had decomposed beyond recognition, were taken to Mulago hospital for DNA testing.
Ms Naawe asked the residents, whose relatives went missing, to report to the police. She said DNA tests would be carried out on the bodies for the complainants to find out whether the deceased are their relatives.