It's my time to eat, says top witch doctor as Kenyan politicians seek help ahead of election
SEE ALSO :Petitions: D-Day for governors“I cannot reveal names, but most of them need my protection when they are vying for political seats,” he tells Saturday Standard. The protection from evil is in form of an oath dubbed ‘Ngata’. It is an elaborate ritual where the witch doctor serves clients a meal of arterial blood and intestines of a goat specially prepared to symbolise the beginning of a new life – where the client gets eternal protection from evil. ‘Dr Quick’ claims the Ngata is so potent that most of his political clients always triumph. “Ngata works and you only need to believe to see how much it can change your life,” he says. The witch doctor starts a session with a client in an enclosed hut, where he/she reveals the problems. Dr Quick’ says in most cases, it is their political rivals, family and friends jealous of their progress and other forces they think might hinder them from clinching the seat. Then they take the oath dubbed ngata, with a vow not to shower for three days, nor engage in any form of witchcraft. Clients must also vow to pay after succeeding. “Some misfortunes that happen to politicians are due to bewitching and my role is to dilute it,” he says.
SEE ALSO :Exit polls on elections in KenyaInterestingly, when he gets two clients vying for the same seat, he consults with the spirits to see who will win, and sends one away. “I tell the one I suspect will lose to seek other witch doctors, and it then becomes a battle of witch doctors, not between politicians,” he admits. The 46-year-old claims he was born with the gift of a seer and witch doctor. He comes from a generation of traditional healers, and after finishing secondary school, joined the practise as “he could no longer ignore the forces working inside him.” “When you are gifted, the force moves you and you cannot escape it. I would get dreams, and hear voices telling me to start healing people,” he says. Today, he boasts of a vast clientele, saying he gets invites and flight tickets to travel and ‘treat people.’ Nairobi has so far given him most clients. He wears a suit and carries a briefcase full of paraphernalia when called upon to exorcise evil spirits in an office, or help one get a promotion. “I have visited many offices in Nairobi to clean things up. People don’t recognise that I am a witch doctor when I wear my suit,” he says, letting out a hearty laugh. Despite his popularity on social media, however, there are mixed feelings on whether his ‘powers’ work. “What nonsense is that? He tricks ignorant people who want to succeed quickly and don’t want to work hard,” says one trader. He adds that ‘Dr Quick’ is a fraud who has mastered the art of manipulating vulnerable people and making them believe he is in control of their destiny.