Ugandan traditional healers to launch mobile app

When you think of organisations that commission the development of mobile apps, traditional healers are likely the last on that list.

In this era where we need 21st Century solutions to our problems, Traditional healers and herbalists under their umbrella Uganda National Traditional Herbalists and Healers also known as Uganda n’eddagala ly’ayo, have created a website plus an application (App), which they say will help in curbing criminality involved in their work.

During a media brief on Tuesday in Entebbe municipality, Saazi Kakooza, the secretary general of the association said many fraudsters and murderers have disguised themselves as herbalists, tainting the image of traditional healing

“As we celebrate 52 years of our existence, we felt that integrating technology with our work, would be prudent and, therefore, hope that come December 20, the App will officially be launched by President Yoweri Museveni at Kololo Grounds, where the celebrations will be held,” Saazi said

Joseph Lutalo, who heads the Information and Technology department in the association, revealed that the App, known as muchwezi, has got provisions for a registration form to be filled by practitioners with personal data and addresses.

The association’s IT expert further confided that they will be able to transfer all the information regarding criminality to relevant security agencies for prosecution.

The association will hold celebrations on December 20 at Kololo grounds to mark 52 years of existence. The guest of honour is expected to be President Museveni and the Chinese Ambassador, Zheng ZhuQiang.