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A woman’s body was burnt by angry boda boda riders in Bungoma County over claims she was a witch.

According to the riders, the woman was responsible for the deaths of at least eight members of a family.

The body of Everlyne Akinyi, 56, had been transported to her matrimonial home in Burangasi village in Bumula sub-county for burial before the riders stormed and burnt the body and the casket.

John Wafula, an in-law to the woman said the riders first attacked Akinyi in May with crude weapons and later burnt her matrimonial home.

They accused her of witchcraft after the eighth child of her co-wife died in mysterious circumstances.

“Police from Bumula Police Station intervened and dispersed the attackers using teargas canisters then,” said Wafula.  

Mr Wycliffe Khaemba, the widower, said they took the wife who was in a coma to Bungoma County Teaching and Referral Hospital where she was admitted for two months before succumbing to injuries inflicted on her.

“My wife died on July2 but the body could not be released to us for burial since we were unable to pay the hospital bill and mortuary expenses. We cleared the hospital bill and were given her remains to go and bury on September 15,” said Khaemba.

Bumula Deputy County Commissioner John Tonui said police had launched investigations into the incident.

Security officials hope to establish the motive of the attackers.