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Teenage girl dies after abortion done with wandering jew

(Last Updated On: 9 January 2024)

Lira | A team of Police from Kiira Region is looking for a witch doctor from Iganga district who executed an illegal abortion on a teenage girl. 

It is alleged that the yet-to-be-identified witch doctor between January 2 and 3, 2024, allegedly inserted roots of wandering jew in the private parts of the victim (deceased) and supplemented it with bitter herbs in liquid form.

Kiira Region Police spokesperson, SP James Mubi said the victim whose four-month pregnancy was terminated has been staying with her grandmother, Betty Babirye, 58.

The grandmóther is a resident of Wanyama cell (Mutekanga zone) in Bugembe, Jinja City.

“On January 2, 2024, the victim disappeared from home prompting her grandmother to report a case of disappearance at Bugembe Police station. The following day, January 3, the victim returned home when she was too weak,” SP Mubi said.

On January 5, the deceased started bleeding seriously and later she was rushed to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival, according to Mubi.

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According to SP Mubi, before the fateful day [January 5], the deceased had disclosed to the Police that her boyfriend only identified as Junior who is employed as a local watchman at his uncle’s (Obwana Stephen) parking yard was responsible for the pregnancy.

“The young man got her (victim) pregnant and later ordered her not to share the information with anybody adding that if she did, she would be killed and her body would never be seen anywhere. This possibly made the girl conceal the pregnancy,” added Mubi.

The Police Regional spokesperson further revealed that the victim was taken to a witch doctor in Iganga in the company of the boyfriend’s brother Isaac Okurut and a neighbour, Eseza Namuyomba.

Both went up to Idudi in Bugiri district to get the preferred roots of wandering jew and bitter herbs.

The victim sat for her primary seven last year at Nakanyonyi Primary School. She is a daughter of Joel Mbalyowelo, a resident of Wanyama cell in Bugembe, Jinja City, according to Mubi.

“A case of defilement has been opened against the main suspect Junior while Junior’s brother Isaac Okurut and neighbour Eseza Namuyomba have been arrested and charged with rush and negligence because their reckless acts caused the death of a person.

The witch doctor and defilement suspect, Junior are being hunted while those arrested are being detained at Bugembe Police Station.


Police have strongly warned witch doctors from getting involved in illegal acts like conducting illegal abortions, among other crimes. Mubi said they won’t hesitate to arrest any person involved in aiding abortion before, during and after the commission of the crimes.

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“Let us combine efforts to reduce these cases in the region. Police are firm in arresting and prosecuting all culprits of Gender Based Violence cases and many have been sent to Kirinya prisons, which is why we are seeing a reduction.

“This has been made possible due to joint efforts and coordination from other stakeholders like the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and religious leaders who have continuously condemned these practices in Busoga Kingdom through their preachings.

According to Police reports, Gender-based Violence cases reported in Kiira region from 2021 to 2023 stand at 1,401 and these have equally led to loss of lives, early pregnancies, poverty and low self-esteem.

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