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Fake witchdoctors feasting on Ugandan women

10 December 2014, 16:27 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - A research recently carried out by an NGO called Women, mothers of Uganda has revealed that over 70 percent of Ugandan women seek services of traditional healers at times referred to as witchdoctors thinking that they will solve their domestic problems.

Unfortunately, most of the traditional healers are fake and take advantage of the women's ignorance to satisfy their sexual desires.

''A good number of women are deceived that the medicine can only be administered through sex. They end up sleeping with the traditional healers thinking that their problems will be solved,'' said Swaib Setovu, the NGO director.

He said that since most traditional healers do not use condoms, they end up infecting their female clients with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDs.

Setovu has on that note urged women not rush to traditional healers to solve their domestic problems.

A similar call has also been made by the Executive Director for Uganda Women Media Association (UWMA), Margret Ssentamu Masagazi.

Speaking during a function to mark 16 days of activism on violence against women at its UWMA headquarters in Kampala, Sentamu said: ''99% of the answers the women seek from the shrines are lies.''

Sentamu also noted that domestic violence is being fueled by the traditional healers, and advised women to get marriage counselors to resolve their marital problems other than going to the traditional herbalists who take advantage of them.

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