Man killed over witchcraft claims

By Joseph Masha

A man accused of practising witchcraft has allegedly been killed by relatives in Kilifi County, and his son hurt in the commotion.

In this region, killing of suspected sorcerers is widespread.

Police say Mwaindza Munga, 61, was hacked to death by close relatives at Mbuyuni village late Saturday and his son Joel Munga attacked while trying to protect him.

According to the Administration Police officer in charge of Chonyi Division Inspector Hamisi Nyoka, his family members had converged at their home to discuss the witchcraft accusations when some youth pounced on him.

Mr Nyoka said his son tried to protect him but the attackers overpowered him. Nyoka said the attackers fled as soon as they discovered the police were approaching the village.