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LOP Criticises Traditionalists For Misleading Masses On Coronavirus Fights

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A section of leaders in Acholi sub region have criticized traditionalists for misleading the locals to perform traditional ritual locally known as ryemo gemo to cleanse the Acholi land off corona virus (COVID-19) saying the practice is insincere and undermines government efforts in fighting the pandemic.

For the past two days, locals in Acholi sub region have been beating objects like doors, jerrycans, tins and drums among others at dawn claiming it drive away the evil spirits they believe are behind Corona Virus which has infected 33 people in Uganda and killed thousands across the world.

Betty Aol Ocan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament who doubles as the Gulu Woman member of parliament says it’s very unfortunate that traditionalists are ignorantly deceiving people which such rituals that exposes the public to dangers of laxity in observing the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health on its control and prevention.

The Pageya Sub Clan Chief, Rwot Yusuf Okwonga Adek explained that corona virus is not a bad omen or wrath of the gods but instead an imported disease that needs scientific intervention but not Ryemo Gemo.

Evangelist Erick Peter Odoch, a Deacon at Gulu Baptist Church urged the public to continue praying and follow the required guidelines to combat corona virus.

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