28 November 2012

Uganda: Kayunga School Hires Traditional Healers

The parents of Kanjuki Secondary School in Kayunga district have hired traditional healers to chase away 'demons' that attack students in the school.

This is in defiance of the Bishop of Mukono diocese, James Ssebaggala's order, not to allow traditional healers to perform rituals within the school.

The parents, during a meeting presided over by the chairman of the Parents and Teachers Association, Israel Ssekintu, at the school said prayers had not helped to chase away the demons and that the situation was getting out of control.

One parent said the demons had tormented several students since the third term began.

"They have conducted prayers, but nothing has changed. The only option is to try plan B; to seek help from traditional healers," said John Batte, one of the parents.

Ssebaggala had earlier told the parents that the option of traditional healers was unacceptable since the school is under the Church of Uganda.

However, the parents sneaked traditional healers into the school at night without the permission of the school administrators.

This angered Ssebaggala and he asked the Police, through the school head teacher, Nelson Kanyike, to arrest the parents suspected to have taken the traditional healers to the school.

By press time, no suspect had been arrested.

However, parents demanded an apology from the bishop for ordering the arrest of their colleagues, who they said were striving to see that the situation in the school normalises.

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