Yesterday, on Sunday four people in Kisii were lynched to death by the irate mob on suspicion of carrying out witchcraft operations in the area.
This was after a secondary school student was found conscious on the path which drove to one of the suspect's homes after he was abducted the previous night.
The police report indicates that the four suspects, three elderly women plus the fourth man were set in an inferno before the police arrived at the scene.
Following this latest incident, we have research what the law says about witchcraft in Kenya.
Kenya as a country has a witchcraft act that prohibits the practice and simply states the penalties for people, practising or aiding in any way the vice. This is according to the witchcraft act CAP 67 in the Kenyan constitution.
The Witchcraft Act, Chapter 67 Laws of Kenya, Article 3 states that: "Any person professing a knowledge of so-called witchcraft or the use of charms, who advises any person applying to him how to bewitch or injure persons, animals or other property, or who supplies any person with an article purporting to be a means of witchcraft, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years."
The witchcraft act above has clearly indicated how suspects of the practice should be handle.
It also adds that any person accusing or threatening to accuse anyone as a witch, is guilty of an offence and is liable for a fine not exceeding Sh500,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years.
This does not include anyone who makes accusations through the right authorities such as the chief, DC or the police officer.
Any chief who encourages or supports witchcraft activities is also guilty of an offence and is liable for a fine not exceeding sh500,000 or imprisonment terms not exceeding three years.
Despite all the regulations and rule stated above the huge problem lies in proofing beyond doubt that the accused person is a witch.
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