Traditional healers in Kyamuswa Sub-county in Kalangala District have taken over a piece of land and evicted Prayer Palace – a born-again church and a landing site in Kisaba Sub-county.
This comes about a month after some traditionalists in the area were arrested, charged in court and fined Shs200,000 for destroying a church, which they were ordered to rebuild.
They now claim the church which they destroyed was built in the way of the “spirits” that they worship and that the church must be relocated.
Mr Patrick Kakanga, their spokesperson, told Mr Willy Lugoloobi, the district chairperson last Friday at Ndekano Primary School in Kyamuswa that their cultural place of worship was among the tourist sites in the district.
“Since our culture and way of worship was included in the Kalangala Tourism Master Plan, we demand that whatever our spirits wish for be fully respected and followed,” Mr Kakanga told the district head, who had gone to the area to reconcile the two groups.
On December 1 last year, the traditional healers demolished the born-again church (Prayer Palace) and threatened to cause more harm if all those living near their shrine did not convert to their faith.
This prompted the director of police operations Andrew Felix Kaweesi to camp in the area for three days, which resulted in the arrest of 20 of the suspects and their subsequent prosecution in court.