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This afternoon, a section of traditionalists led by Mukisa Mutyaba who refers to himself as the leader of traditionalists in the country accused Jjumba Lubowa, the leader of “Tondism", a traditional faith group of failure to fulfill the rituals of the gods.
Mukisa Mutyaba (in black coat) speaks to journalists before vacating the burrial premises.

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There is confusion ahead of the burial of the late Nabamba Budhagali later this  evening in Bujjagali village in Budondo sub county in Jinja district.

It stems for a dispute among several traditionalists on who should take full responsibility over the deceased’s anticipated night sendoff. 

Late Budhagali has been serving as the oracle of Bujjagali falls. His faith warrants him to be buried at night by sanctified spiritualists who have performed rituals for eight solid days. 

These include among others desisting from taking bath, walking bare footed throughout the set mourning period, offering at least two animals to the gods on the 5th day of the mourning period and abstinence from sexual intercourse.

This afternoon, a section of traditionalists led by Mukisa Mutyaba who refers to himself as the leader of traditionalists in the country accused Jjumba Lubowa, the leader of  “Tondism", a traditional faith group of failure to fulfill the rituals of the gods. 

Mutyaba accused Lubowa of sharing the same house with his wife throughout the mourning period, which disqualifies him from presiding over Budhagali’s funeral, whom he claims to have triumphed over all traditionalists in the country. 

He stormed out of the funeral arguing that Budhagali has been a renown elder in their faith and it was just befitting for fellow elders to perform his last funeral rites other than youthful traditionalists like Jjumba who lack experience in the ways of the gods. 

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Kinagoidi Isabirye, another traditionalist from Mayuge district also argued that it would have been better for the youth to leave the funeral ceremony under their elders to avoid calamities in the future.

“Our religion offers a befitting burial for all our fallen leaders and because Budhagali has been our overall leader, it would sound better if these youthful traditionalists left this ceremony in the hands of our elders who can help us to undertake all rituals and avoid vengeance from the gods,” he said.

However, Lubowa argues that the powers of presiding over Budhagali’s final sendoff were given to him by the deceased and the spirits. 

“Budhagali himself in his last days together with his family tasked me to perform these rituals incase he failed to recover, our spirits have also given me grace, therefore other people’s opinions won’t stop from ensuring that, our grandfather is laid to rest in glory,” he says.