Janet Moraa, the daughter of Jemimah Nyang’ate, one of the women killed in Kisii for supposedly practising witchcraft, has denied the accusations, alleging that her mother was killed for the property.
On Sunday, a mob in Nyagonyi murdered Jemimah Nyang’ate, Agnes Ototo, 57, Sigara Onkware, 62, and Sindege Mayaka, 85, reportedly for stealing a secondary student from his house at night.
She said that she had only brought her mother home from the hospital on Saturday and that on Sunday morning, neighbours rushed to their house and seized her, accusing her of being one of the abductors.
Her mother, she alleged, had posted a notice on a parcel of land occupied by a teacher who wanted to remove it without paying the agreed-upon fee.
They asked that the government intervene to prevent mobs in Kisii’s Kitutu Chache North from killing anyone accused of witchcraft.
“At least four persons had been detained by Monday evening,” stated County Police Commander Francis Kooli, “while 11 more accomplices were being sought across the restive areas in the larger Kitutu Chache North sub-county.”
The suspects, Amos Nyakundi, Chrispine Ogeto, Peter Angwenyi, and Ronald Onyonka, have been detained for 10 days while police investigate the incident.
By Shadrack Mogaka