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Witchcraft case moved from Shanzu to Kwale

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLINE WAITHERA

A Shanzu court has directed the transfer of a file involving three men suspected of witchcraft to Kwale.Senior resident magistrate James Obura, ruled that the three suspects be taken to their Msambweni home town for the case to be heard in a Kwale court.

Mohammed Hamisi, Suleiman Hussein and Abdulraham Masudi were had been charged with practicing witchcraft, being found in possession of articles used in the exercise of witchcraft.

The three were arrested on June 10, 2013 at Shimo la Tewa prison area in Kisauni where they were found in possession of chicken intestines, feathers, chicken legs and two bottles containing witch


The court heard that Masudi lived in Msambweni area with Hamisi and it is from there that he got involved with witchcraft due to his close relationship with Masudi.

The probation officer Alphonce Jembe asked the court to grant Masudi probation supervision in his case as he was sorry for what he did and seems to have no previous criminal records.

According to Jembe Masudi's close association with his uncle Hamisi who has been practicing healing and sorcery has made matters worse for him.

It was alleged that Hamisi is from a community where witchcraft is practiced freely due to high levels of illiteracy.

Jembe asked the court to let Hamisi go through counsellings and proper advice would help him change his perception in life.