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Anxiety as witchdoctors try to resurrect decomposed body

09 January 2015, 12:58 John Kioko

Kwale - Villagers in Mwazaro village in Shimoni, Kwale County were treated to rare spectacle when witchdoctors claiming to have powers to resurrect the dead visited the home of one of their neighbors with a mission to bring back to life Dominic Kyalo, who died 14 months ago.

Songs and dance took the centre stage with the residents who thronged around the scene to witness the ‘miracle’ anxiously waiting to either see Kyalo walking back home or emerge from nowhere.

One of the residents who went to witness the first ever miracle in the area, Juma Doka, said: "We closed our businesses to come and witness our neighbor whom we buried a year ago coming back to life.”

Doka said he had never witnessed such a miracle, and thus was curious to witness the resurrection of Kyalo.

It is believed that Kyalo, who was buried in October 2013, did not die a normal death but was ‘killed by a witch who hid him somewhere to use him for witchcraft' and that 'the family buried a banana tree in his image'.

“We are also shocked because we have never experienced this and want to see it firsthand,” said the village chairman, Ndaro Kokota.

According to his wife Felistus Mumbua, Kyalo was a good person who was loved by family and friends and they could not believe he was dead.

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Mumbua said that they sat the as a family and decided to unravel the mystery behind his death prompting them to seek the intervention of the witchdoctors.

“The doctors did their search and found out that my husband was not dead but had been hidden somewhere where he was subjected to torture,” she said.

Mumbua was optimistic that her husband would come back to life and expressed hope that she would be happy to live with him again.

Samwel Kanundu, one of the witchdoctors who were performing the ‘miracles’, said that that was not his first as he had resurrected five others in Kwale County and beyond.

“This is my day to day job; it is my source of income and I assure you that before the sun sets, we will have finished everything. We have been here three times and today is the last,” he said.

The day did not end without Kanundu being confronted by the residents who had wasted the whole day waiting for the miracle.

He however asked them to be calm and judge them after the close of business.

Nevertheless, the mission seemed to have flopped as we captured Kanundu asking the disappointed crowd to retire to their homes and wait a little longer since the 'pastor' was tired.

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