The families of four elderly women who were lynched on allegations of being involved in witchcraft are crying for justice a day after the daylight killings. Beatrice is still traumatized after witnessing the killing of her mother-in-law Janet Sindege over witchcraft claims. She says that the old women tried to plead for mercy but their plea fell on deaf ears.
The incidents which happened at Marani, Kitutu Chache North in Kisii County also resulted to the death of 60-year-old Jemima Mironga, 62-year-old Sigara Onkware and 57-year-old Agnes Ototo Moraa. The four women were killed and their houses burnt after it was alleged that they were behind the bewitchment of a 17-year-old boy who had seemed to have gone mad. The families of the fallen victims have disputed the witchcraft allegations calling for justice. The brutal deaths have left their dependents in trauma and stigma over alleged links to witchcraft.
New details surrounding the murder of the four woman have emerged as the families disclose what may have resulted to the incidents. Janet Moraa, daughter of slain Jemima Mironga has spoken as she discloses how she narrowly escaped from the cruel mob which was baying for her blood. She discloses that her brother was also beaten by the mob.
The families of the slain elderly women say that the four were not killed due to witchcraft but as a result of land tussles. Moraa says that her mother was lynched following land conflicts. "It is all about land. This piece of land we are living on has been having so many issues," Janet Moraa, daughter of slain Jemima Mironga says.
The incidents and reasons surrounding the lynching of the four old women now raises questions on whether the perpetrators will be apprehended and made to face just. However, those who have lived long enough at Marani, Kitutu Chache North recalls how a similar incident happened 12 years ago where the village lost 6 elderly women to the gangs claiming to fight witchcraft but it later emerged that the killings were linked to land tussles.
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