Governor, Women Rep used witchcraft to win election
21 January 2014, 12:57
Nyeri - Tharaka- Nithi governor, Samuel Ragwa Mbae and Women Representative, Beatrice Nkatha used witchcraft to win elections.
According to their petitioners, Petkay Shen Miriti and Mercy Kirito Mutegi, the two politicians visited witchdoctors to procure treatment on the money they were using to bribe voters.
Miriti and Kirito have moved to the Court of Appeal in Nyeri seeking to reverse the courts ruling to dismiss their petition.
Miriti who lost the gubernatorial seat to Ragwa cited several grounds of appeal claiming that Justice Jessie Lessit failed to find out on claims that there were electoral malpractices in the area.
Ragwa garnered 70, 088 votes against Miriti’s 54,813 while Nkatha garnered 47,000 votes against Kirito who got 37,000 votes.
The appellants said voter bribery was rife in the highly populated county
Miriti said the judge was biased in the way she treated one of the witnesses, Njeru Nkoroi Kimura, a witchdoctor who was part of Ragwa’s campaign strategy team.
He also claimed there was deliberate altering of results with intention to favour Ragwa.
However, Njeru Nkoroi in his evidence told the court that he conducted some rituals to Ragwa on the night of February 17, 2013 at his house in Chuka-Igambang’ombe after Ragwa holding a campaign rally in Chuka town.
Ragwa went for the services accompanied by his aide and campaign manager Gitonga Mbaka.
“I got him a plastic seat outside my house after saying that he had a problem which he thought I could solve. He explained that he was vying for a governor seat in Tharaka-Nithi and he was not confident of winning due to competitors like Miriti who was popular than him,” Njeru told the court during hearing.
According to Njeru, Ragwa wanted some money to be treated so that whoever he gave or shook hands with would turn to be his supporter.
The witchdoctor charged him KES.50,000 and was provided with a deposit of KES.5,000 with condition that he would settle the balance two days after elections.
Njeru also guaranteed Ragwa that if he would lose the seat he would thereafter return all his money upon defeat.
He later asked for an egg and a chicken from him for the ritual services and instructed Ragwa to follow him in the shrine room.
“I instructed him to remove all his clothes and stretch out his arms for the ceremony. I circled his body seven times with a horn and later requested him to sit on a stool near the money,” Njeru narrated.
However, his evidence was dismissed by the judge who said the claims were not substantial.
The two appeals are set to come up for hearing on February 25 and 27, respectively, before judges Alnasir Visram, Martha Koome and Otieno Odek.
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