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Elderly man attacked in Kilifi County

08 April 2014, 21:04

Fear is looming in Kiembeni village, Magingi area in Kilifi County after a 70 year old man incurred serious injuries as he was attacked by unknown assailants.

Charo Katungwa who is nursing severe injuries at the Coast general hospital was attacked on Monday night by people armed with crude weapons among them machetes and sorcery is believed to be the grounds of the attack.

In confirming the attack, Kilifi County police boss, James Njue said that his men have launched investigation in to the attack that has spackled hefty reactions from Human Rights activists in the coast.

“We have got the information about the attack that is believed to have been tickled by witch crafty practice though there is no clear information on the attack, we have our men on the case”, said police boss Njue.

The incident happens just days after another attack took place in Mayowe village, Ganze area of Kilifi County on Saturday where an elderly man, Chungu Kalama was chopped into pieces to death by unknown assailants.

Speaking to the media, the director of Muslim for Human Rights organization, MUHURI in Kilifi county Emmanuel Munyaya said that the incidences of extrajudicial killings on the grounds of witch craft practices had reduced at a great extent but a comeback of such incidences has been recorded in the recent days.

Haki Africa human rights organization chairman Hussein Khalid had earlier on warned of attacks by youth organizations to the elderly in Kilifi County with claims of that the old are practicing sorcery, a reason for youths not turning out successful in life.

Last month, the elderly in the county were reported evicting their homes for charitable shelters including Kaya offices as they feared for their lives after flyers were distributed in the county warning the elderly of attacks if they did not stop practicing witch craft.

Fear has crippled a bigger part of rural Kilifi County as attacks are expected on the aged with Ganze and Magingi being the most affected areas.

Human Rights organizations in the Coast have called on police to be alert but the police claim the idea is not about police alone but involves the Kilifi County community as talks to the youth will be more beneficial.

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