Police seeking to unravel mystery of coffin with ‘witchcraft-like’ contents
Police have launched investigations after a coffin containing a dead chicken, cow horn and a male underwear was found inside a compound in Machakos County.
According to a police report filed at Mbiuni Police Station, the coffin with the strange paraphernalia was found inside the home of Ms Rosalia Mbathat David in Mwala Sub-County, Machakos County.
“It was reported by Ms Scholastica Mbithe Makau, a resident of Kabaa village in Mbiuni location that she went to the compound of her daughter namely Rosalia Mbatha David which is next to her home and saw a small coffin,” the report read in part.
The report further revealed that police were informed of the strange discovery by one area resident after which the officers visited the said home.
Other items that were found inside the coffin include male and female wooden carvings and three bottles of some concoction.
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The Kenyan law is not clear when it comes to matters of witchcraft. However, the Witchcraft Act states that any person pretending to exercise witchcraft and is found guilty can be imprisoned for a term not exceeding five years.
A witchdoctor who is found supplying advice or articles for witchcraft with intent to injure is also liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years. Any person who uses such medicine with the intent to injure and is found guilty of the offence is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, the Act further states.
“Any person who is in possession of a charm or other article usually used in the exercise of witchcraft, sorcery or enchantment for the purpose of causing fear, annoyance or injury to another in mind, person or property, and who fails to show reasonable cause why he should retain any such charm or other article in his possession, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to a fine not exceeding one thousand shillings, or to both such imprisonment and fine, and the charm or other article shall be forfeited and destroyed or otherwise dealt with in such a way as the magistrate may direct,” the Act states.