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Mombasa pulls down witchdoctors' posters

25 February 2014, 10:41 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - Failure by witchdoctors to pay taxes to the Mombasa county has seen the county inspectorate inaugurate a new operation to pull down all posters advertising for witchdoctors within the territory.

The operation that started Monday is a result of the failure by the posters owners to make themselves physically known to the county government with intent to start paying taxes.

Speaking to the media on Monday, the Mombasa county inspectorate commandant, James Mokaya said that his duty was to make sure the county was in its pure and secured natural environment that is purely acceptable by well recognized religions.

“Mombasa is a place inhabited by Muslims, Christians and Hindu. We do not recognize this new religion that has picked up its pace in the recent days with posters and signage being placed all over including on electric poles; this will not take us anywhere other than scaring our visitors,” commandant Mokaya said.

The move has however been viewed as a way of secluding the traditional doctors who claim to have no negative motives other than helping the people of Mombasa.

Doctor Saidi Maiti, one of the doctors, told the media that he does not understand why the county government is fighting them.

“If one becomes possessed by a bad jinni today, I wonder which doctor would be able to treat such a problem. There are diseases that cannot be treated in hospitals!” said Maiti.

Maiti said that other than sparking religious wars that might result in incidences similar to those in Kilifi where the old are forced to shave their gray hair for fear of lynching by rouge youths, the county government is not fulfilling anything by removing those posters.

However, the county inspectorate distanced itself from claims that it intents to spark war between religions against witch doctors.

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