Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer says that the meeting could not be allowed to happen because his office is not aware if the members who were attending are registered, traditional herbalists.
Security officials on Saturday afternoon foiled a
sensitization meeting by traditional herbalists in Kabale district.
Over 100 traditional herbalists had converged at Town View Wakanda
Guest House main hall located along Mitchel road in Central Division, Kabale
Municipality for the meeting.
during the course of the meeting, police officers emerged and ordered everybody to vacate with
immediate effect. Police also arrested
one person who is said to be the organizer of the meeting and whisked him
to Kabale central police station.
Our reporter was unable to get the identity of
the person who was arrested.
One of the traditional herbalists who declined to reveal his
names told our reporter that the meeting was aimed at forging a way forward on
how even traditional herbalists in Kabale can get involved in a fight against
He also revealed that even the office of the District Health Officer
had been invited to be part of the meeting, but they were instead surprised to
see police officers emerging and ordering them to go.
But, Godfrey Nkayahuma, Kabale Resident District Commissioner
says that the traditional herbalists’ meeting was not cleared by security and
its motive was not clear. Nyakahuma says that such unnecessary meetings are
uncalled for since they create gatherings that were banned by the president in
his Covid-19 preventive guidelines.
Alfred Besigensi, Kabale District Health Officer says that the
meeting could not be allowed to happen because his office is not aware of the
members who were attending are registered, traditional herbalists.
Besigensi also says that when he received
their letter early this week, he refused to sanction it and asked them not to
dare hold any meeting.
Besigensi says that he was shocked to see them defying
and holding the meeting.
He also says that his office had received
information that ring leaders were inviting other traditional herbalists to
attend the meeting on behalf of Kabale district health department.