KAMPALA Ugandan police are holding a Ghanaian
preacher over a stage magic device they fear may dupe people
into believing they have experienced miracles.
Customs officials seized the Electric Touch device -- which
magicians use to give small electric shocks to volunteers --
from "Prophet" Obiri Yeboah at the airport last week, the state
owned New Vision daily reported on Tuesday.
The pastor heads one of many Pentecostal churches in
Uganda, receiving large sums of money from congregations
seeking miracle cures for diseases or help with financial
The Electric Touch device is usually sold in magic shops
alongside card tricks, magic coins and disappearing balls.
"With a simple touch, make a fluorescent bulb glow on and
off at your command, make confetti move, charge a spoon and
watch as it shocks a volunteer!" says one online magic shop
selling the device.
"People could be duped to think it is a miracle," the New
Vision quoted Civil Aviation Authority security chief Herman
Owomugisha as saying.
Officials are worried about the proliferation of "miracle"
churches in Uganda, many of which claim to cure HIV/AIDS.