UGANDAN authorities have shut down 23 radio stations for â€œpromoting witchcraftâ€™â€™ and trying to con people out of money.The stationsâ€™ licencses were suspended after they had guests on air who claimed they could heal diseases like HIV, Pamela Ankunda,
the Uganda Communications Commission spokesperson, told dpa on Wednesday.
â€œThe radios have been promoting witchcraft. People claimed on these radios to cure diseases like AIDS and cancer,â€™â€™ she said.
â€œThese people have been fraudulently getting money from the public,â€™â€™ she added.
â€œTheir operations and licences have been suspended until they are able to assure the commission through writing that they will abide by the minimum broadcasting standards,â€™â€™ Ankunda said.
She said that Uganda has 292 radio stations, mostly privately-owned. It is not uncommon for various religious leaders, self-proclaimed prophets and traditional healers in Africa to claim being able to cure HIV and other incurable diseases.