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Kilifi elders flee their homes for fear of attack

21 March 2014, 14:07 Rodgers Buluma

Kilifi - Majority of elderly people in Kilifi County have abandoned their homes to seek refuge in charity homes and Kaya offices for fear of attacks.

This is according to the Kaya spokesperson, Joseph Karisa Mwarando who said that the elderly in Kilifi are fearing for their lives after rogue youths threatened them with death saying they are witches.

The youths are said to believe that elderly people especially those with gray hair are behind their struggles in life thus plotting to kill the elderly.

“We have quite a number that we are hosting within our Kaya premises,” said Mwarando.

Police in the county have strongly warned that anyone caught threatening to kill the elderly that the law will deal with them.

Speaking to the media, the Kilifi police commander, James Kithuka said that the killings had reduced with a greater margin but in the recent days.

“We are well prepared for those goons thinking life is a play thing,” said Kithuka.

Police in the county have asked those receiving threats not to be silent but report immediately for investigations to commence and arrests done to totally wipe out the scenario where people’s life is taken anyhow.

Klifi is the only county in the country that has recorded the largest number of people being forced out of their homes and/ or killed for allegations of sorcery.

Word is going round that several unreported deaths have occurred in the past one month, which is the reason the elderly are seeking refuge elsewhere other than their homes.

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