The Uganda Wildlife Authority have worked together with the police to attack a shrine in Buwama on Masaka road to remove three pythons which have been suspected to be used for witch craft practice by a traditional medicine woman.
The operations have been led by the Buwama chief officer, Abbey Ngako but the reptiles had not been found because no traps had been set up as planned by the UWA officials.
The shrine had been built by Jjaja Bberelimu Nambi a traditional medicine woman from Mubende district with her assistants.Raw eggs and ripe bananas that had been put in baskets in front of the holes where the three pythons live have been found at the site. A big fire place has been set; drums and gourd have been placed around the fenced shrine.
The traditional woman and her assistants have been forced out of the site and went to a neighboring shrub with their property and started smoking their pipes.Nambi has said no pythons will be discovered because they are spirits not pythons in the wild.
UWA official started digging up the holes where they thought the pythons had been hiding and after three hours of digging, there had been no success of finding the reptiles.
The team later got assistance from the constructors that had been constructing the Kampala-Masaka highway to dig deep but still failed to get the snakes and only three rats came out.
One of the residents said UWA had no reason to destroy the shrine because the locals have not complained about the existence of the snakes in the area.
Compiled by Jackie
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