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House help ‘bewitches’ child over delayed pay

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There was drama at Mwingi police station as a middle aged woman was compelled to perform a ‘reverse’ spell on a child she had been accused of bewitching over non-payment of wages by the mother. The police rescued the house girl from being lynched by irate villagers who were baying for her blood in Madaraka estate, Mwingi township.

According to area village elder Florence Munanie Kaka, a villager reported to her that a woman was being lynched and on reaching the scene she found the public had stripped her.

“The child’s belly was swollen,” one village said, “the child was naked and ready for the reverse spell ritualto be performed as huge gathering of villagers threatened to lynch the house girl if she declined to perform the exercise.”

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Police picked the woman, the child and her mother as the villagers trailed them to the police station. At the police station the woman admitted to have bewitched the child and pleaded with the security officers to forgive her.

In reversing her spell, the woman made some incantation in an indecipherable language with her eyes wide open and eye balls rolling, where upon the distended stomach deflated at once like a punctured ball.

 “She removed several charms from the child belly including beans, seven seeds of maize, and a string of a sack,” a village elder who witnessed the reverse spell exercise at the police station said.

The house girl, who hails from Mulangoni location in Tseikuru Sub County. said she administered the charms to the child because her mother had failed to pay her salary amounting to Ksh650. The child and her mother were released and the woman is being held at the police station.

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