Police are holding a self-proclaimed prophetess over allegations of caning one of her followers to death during a prayer session on Monday at her church in Aremo village, Omoro district, Northern Uganda.
The prophetess allegedly told the deceased, Poly Grace Akullu, that apart from praying for her, she would exorcise a demon inside her, only through caning.
In the “process of exorcising the demons,” the suspect reportedly beat up the deceased using sticks until she collapsed.
Aremo village chairman Walter Okecha said that the deceased allegedly died on her way back home after she fell along the way.
“The husband arrived and picked her up on a bicycle but before they could reach their home, about two kilometres from the church, she fell off from the bicycle and died,” Okecha added.
According to Okecha, the body was taken to her home, awaiting postmortem, and the police contacted a while later.
In a bid to dig further into the incident, Okecha, along other village elders, visited the church, which sits at the suspect’s residence, they found other members taking turns to be prayed for and exorcised.
‘Prophetess’ charges for prayer sessions
One of the police officers at Bobi police post in Omoro said the suspect and two others present during the prayer session had since been arrested and were in custody pending investigations to conclude.
Mr Hassan Mugerwa, the Omoro District police commander said that investigations were ongoing. “We are still monitoring the situation and establishing more details because when people are praying in the church, a lot of things happen in some of these churches.”
The prophetess has allegedly been charging her followers between USh2,000 and USh10,000 for each healing prayer session.