KOBOKO. A 35-year-old woman has reportedly died in the hands of a suspected witch doctor in Koboko district.
Ms Bety Adania, a resident of Busia village in Kuluba Sub County, Koboko district died in the shrine of Mr George Omiku a resident of the same area on Monday.
Police said Omiku migrated from his ancestral home in Ombivu village, Oleba Sub County in Maracha district to Busia where he was treating ailing people using traditional herbs.
Mr Brian Ampaire, the Koboko district police commander (DPC) narrated that the deceased stepped on a charm while in the garden. He said the charm later caused her some health complications in the leg and other parts of the body, a condition that forced her to seek for Omiku’s services.
Ampaire said with the help of Mr Bosco Alema, the deceased's husband, Adania was rushed to Omiku’s shrine where she later died after a day of treatment.
“We have arrested Omiku as investigations continue into the matter. He will be charged of murder if post-mortem results indicate that the deceased succumbed to poor dosage,” Ampaire said.
Mr William Acidri, an in-law to the deceased explained that they sensed danger when Adania could not wake up from 8:00am up to4:00pm (East African time) after Omiku administered his drugs to her.
"After waiting for that long, we asked Omiku as to why Adania was not waking up, he told us that she was still resting as the drugs were still working on her only to realise that our sister was no more," Acidri told West Nile Web in a phone call interview on Tuesday.
So far, six people have been arrested in connection with Adania’s death including her husband, Mr Bosco Alema to help police with investigations into the matter.
Ampaire expressed concern over the increasing number of witchcraft practitioners who have settled in the district in disguise of being herbalists.
He advised members of the public to stop seeking for services of witchcraft practitioners but instead make use of government health units in case of sickness.
"Witchcraft is not a solution to sickness neither can malaria be treated through it. If one is sick, let the person go straight to the hospital for treatment other than going to witch doctors," Ampaire stressed.
Mr James Mawa, the Kuluba sub county chairman said the Sub County is currently in the process of drafting a bylaw to bar witchdoctors from operating in the area.