The Police in Uganda’s Adjumani district have confirmed that a woman was stoned to death at Pagirinya refugee settlement on Tuesday.
Cdr Maundo Jackson, the Adjumani district police commander, said the woman had been accused of claiming to be a preacher when she was actually practicing witchcraft.
The refugees grew angry after the unnamed local woman said peace would never come to South Sudan as written in the Bible.
“The community called for a meeting concerning that woman that she was saved but she was performing witchcraft,” said Cdr Jackson.
He said as the community gathered to address the issue, the meeting turned rowdy and the woman was beaten to death.
“The police arrived trying to disperse the people but they were also stoning the police. Then by the time the woman was rescued, she passed away at the scene,” added Cdr Jackson.
He said no arrests have been made so far but investigations into the matter have started.