Shots fired as residents storm station demanding release of woman accused of “bewitching dead boy

A woman runs for safety after anti-riot police engaged angry residents at Wote town, Makueni County.
Makueni residents yesterday took to the streets to demand that police release a suspect they claimed had bewitched and killed a teenager.

According to locals, the woman, a pastor at a church in Shimo estate, had on Monday warned the boy, 14, against consorting with her daughter.

The boy, who sat his KCPE examinations last year at Unoa Primary School, reportedly fell sick that same day. He was taken to Makueni Level Four Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We want the woman to be removed from the police cells and taken to the mortuary to resurrect the boy because she said she could do so,” said one demonstrator.

More than 1,000 people flocked the mortuary after word spread that a miracle could be expected. But when their expectations were dashed, they took to the streets where they engaged anti-riot police in running battles for the better part of the day.

When the dust finally settled, dozens of motorcycles were detained at Makueni Police Station. Police said the boda boda operators had spread rumours implying that the woman had bewitched the boy.

The Makueni OCPD could not be reached for comment, but a senior officer said they would not allow anybody to incite others or interfere with right of others.

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