After Believing he Practices Witchcraft, 70-Year-Old Man is Hacked to Death


A 70-year-old man was hacked to death in yet another case of  murder of the elderly on claims that they practice witchcraft in Nyangala, Taita Taveta.  


Mganga Mwaijambia is suspected to have been killed by a vicious gang of killers for hire that police sources claim is operating in Kasigau location, Voi Sub County. 

Residents said the gang locally known as Chironda wa Mabulu had been behind the bizarre murders of over a dozen old men and women suspected of practicing witchcraft.

Chironda wa Mabulu is a Giriama word that is loosely translated as ‘A wound with Maggots’ which is a said to be a group that specializes in extermination of witches. 


According to the statistics from Interior and Coordination officials and human right groups, about 20 people had so far been killed by the terror gang since 2014. 

The dreadful group had forced old men to flee from the area for fear of being eliminated. Police and villagers of Kikongorinyi village said the deceased was attacked and killed on Monday evening at his house.

The police officer said the wife to the deceased had gone to the nearby shopping centre and when she returned home found her husband body lying in the house in a pool of blood. 


“I have been told by local chiefs that relatives of the deceased had been accusing the deceased of bewitching his grandson who was not in the village at the time the incident occurred. 

We are still investigating the circumstance under which the old man met his death,” said Mr Chesire.

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