NEBBI. At least 14 huts were on Tuesday night torched after the mysterious death of a 23-year-old woman identified as Gloria Alirach, a resident of Mubiga village, Osi parish Parombo sub-county Nebbi district.
Mr Emmanuel Orombi, the Parombo sub-county chairman said relatives of the deceased after learning of Alirach’s demise started to randomly burn huts belonging to their in-laws alleging that it was their witchcraft act which killed the deceased.
“But what I learned from the post-mortem report is that the deceased took the medication in an attempt to abort because the fetus she was carrying is still young", he said.
He condemned the act saying that people should learn to accept that death is a natural occurrence which happens to everyone and not that every death is as a result of witchcraft.
“Now properties worth millions of shillings have been destroyed and these over 10 households left homeless over false allegations”, he said.
Mr Benard Mugerwa, the district police commander Nebbi confirmed the incident and noted that no arrest has so far been made and investigations are on-going.
“People should learn not to take laws into their hands, it is important to first analyze the situation before acting so as not to make such mistakes”, he lamented.
According to Article 327 of the penal code act, any person who willfully or unlawfully sets fire on to a building completed or uncompleted commits a felony and is liable to life imprisonment.
The DPC said they are working hard to see that the perpetrators are brought to book to serve as a warning to the rest.
“This is so far the third case of arson in the district since the beginning of the year that huts are being burnt over similar allegations of witchcraft”, he added.
The body of the deceased was taken by police to Nebbi hospital for post-mortem and later handed over to the relatives for burial.