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Police probe murder of Jinja Businessman in Suspected Witchcraft

Some of Waidha’s other body parts were retrieved from a pool of blood in one of the sugarcane plantations a distance from the main part of the headless body.

JINJA, UGANDA: Police in Busoga East are investigating circumstances under which a prominent businessman in Jinja city was allegedly murdered and his body dumped in a sugar plantation with missing body parts in a suspected witchcraft act.

George Waidha, 53, a renowned large-scale sugarcane farmer and a hardware dealer in Mayuge and Jinja was allegedly killed and the murderers took off with his head and private parts.

According to police, some of Waidha’s other body parts were retrieved from a pool of blood in one of the sugarcane plantations a distance from the main part of the headless body.

It is alleged that the late went missing on the 29th of April, 2022, prompting his relatives to file a case of a missing person at Mayuge central police station.

They further intensified the search through radio announcements and social media messages to no avail however, casual laborers notified them of a dead body, which had been sighted on the sugarcane plantation on Sunday morning.

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Relatives recognized his clothing and also recovered personal identification documents from the pockets of his trousers, which confirmed their suspicion that it was Waidha’s body.

John Baatala, a brother of the deceased says that residents noticed stray dogs surrounding the crime scene area since Saturday evening, prompting them to inspect the sugarcane plantation on Sunday.

“We quickly joined the residents who had converged at the sugarcane plantation after desperately searching for our brother in vain, only to discover that it was his body lying on the ground,” he says.

The deceased’s remains have been taken to Mayuge health center IV mortuary, awaiting postmortem.

Busoga East’s police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula confirmed the incident on Sunday afternoon and said efforts of hunting down suspects were already underway.


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