By Eliaser Ndeyanale
TWO Ugandan traditional healers say they are being targeted by the Namibian police, because they are foreigners.
The two healers were arrested on Monday, amid allegations that they had defrauded members of the public, including through promising two cousins that they would be promoted at work, if they paid N$38 000.
The two healers, Kisenyi Ismail (32), who is operating under the name Dr Luck, and Kikabi Jamabda (36), who uses Dr Gombe or Dr Juma, as his names, further claims that they are not fake or cheaters, but that they have supernatural healing powers.
They also denied allegations that they defrauded people of their money, because they only charge their clients N$50 for a consultation.
They say they are being targeted by the police, because they are foreigners.
A handcuffed Dr Gombe said he has been in Windhoek for about ten months and that he treats his clients with medicinal herbs from his country.
“They found me on the streets, and then they arrested me. It is not because I have done anything wrong, it just because we are foreigners; if we were Namibians, they wouldn’t have arrested us,” Dr Gombe said.
“What the two cousins told you is a lie. They got what they wanted me to do for them,” he said, while referring to Kamina Mukuve and Marungu Joseph, who approached the police about the disappearance of their N$38 000, which they had paid to secure work promotions.
Mukuve and Joseph told Confidente that when they paid the money, they were working for Otjihase Mine, as general workers, and they wanted to be promoted to supervisory positions
“They are saying I took their money and ran away with it. Perhaps my only sin is that I changed houses, without notifying them,” Dr Gombe said.
The police also took in a third Ugandan national and an Angolan into, for distributing flyers on behalf of the traditional healers, for which they were paid N$120 a day.
Nampol Khomas Regional Community Affairs head, Inspector Christina Fonsech, said they decided to launch an operation, after receiving a number of complaints from the public about fake healers, who tend to make all sorts of promises and outrageous claims.
“Many people are complaining; that’s why we decided to arrest these men, who distribute the pamphlets in town, so that they lead us to these traditional healers,” she said, while warning the public not to fall prey to fake healers, deceiving churches and false prophets.
“If you want a promotion, study and work hard. We are tired and this is nonsense,” she said.
She called on people who have been defrauded by traditional healers to contact the police on 081 227 0452 or 061 209 4454.
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