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By Jumah Nsubuga
Legislators on the Parliament committee on gender labor and social development are proposing that government should put a total ban to all traditional hears.
The chairperson of the committee who is also the Nakasongola district woman MP Margate Komuhangi stated that putting a ban to traditional hears will stop the rampant child sacrifice in Uganda.
“The ban will help government to screen all traditional healers and do an audit and find out the genuine ones who will be issued licenses by national drug authority.”She said adding that “The republic of
Tanzania has successfully done this to why most of the quack witch doctors migrate from Tanzania to Uganda under the guise of being professional traditional healers.
Workers MP Alinaitwe Rwakajara also noted that “screening traditional healers and get the genuine ones is the only solution to the rampant child sacrifice in the country. We cannot just seat down when our innocent children are sacrificed. We also want the national council for broadcasters to disassociation themselves with traditional healers because broadcasters are the ones promoting traditional healers by
advertising them. Broadcasters should stop promoting people dealing in child sacrifice” He said.
The minister of culture Rukia Nakadama also noted that she will support the proposal of banning all traditional healers because sacrifice is criminal adding that however sacrifice a person, he or she must be criminalized. “As government, we only support progressive cultures but sacrificing is a criminal offense” She added.
Meanwhile the chairman of national association of broadcasters Francis Babu has confirmed to members of parliament seating on gender committee that national association of broadcasters is not and never associated with traditional healers saying that they operate ethically. “Our work as roadcasters is to broadcast but the Uganda communication commission has the mandate to monitor all media houses.
Recently UCC pinned both UBC and Beat FM for promoting witch craft but advertising for them.
Appearing before the committee the programmees director of Beat FM Denis Katongole confirmed to MPs that they do business with traditional healers by advertising for them but not involved in
whatever they are doing. “As Beat FM we only advertise but not promoting them. We are not involved in their work of sacrificing people” He confirmed.
Elsewhere the UBC (Star FM) programmees director Mulindwa Muwonge also
disassociated traditional healers. “It is not true at all that UBC promotes witch craft in any way. We do not advertise witches at our station as alleged by UCC” He noted.
Gender committee is in process of handling the petition on child sacrifice which was presented to parliament by Namutumba district woman MP Florence Mutyabule.
Our reporter tried to contact the president of Uganda N’edagala lyayo n’obuwangwa Bwaffe Sylvia Namutebi aka Maama Fiina for a comment but she said that she was at the official duty in Jinja.