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Seven pupils possessed by demons

11 June 2013, 15:48 John Kioko

Seven pupils from Takaye primary school in Malindi district are still recuperating in Malindi district hospital following allegations that they were possessed by demons.

The seven claimed that one of their teachers suspected to be practicing witchcraft is behind their suffering calling the government to intervene.

But Doctors in the hospital told the media that the seven children are suffering from hysteria.

Addressing the media at the general hospital, one of the pupils said that a teacher whose name is being withheld threatened to deal with her if she dared disclosed the issue to the public.

The seven pupils who are in class 5, 6 and 8 respectively complained to have been experiencing bad dreams involving the teacher adding that "She always comes for us and takes us to Nairobi where we get in a big house which is always full of many dead bodies and then we are given blood to drink. We fear that the teacher might have taken us to devil worshiping."

Furaha Ramadhan, parent of one of the pupils said that their children always make noise complaining that one of their teachers is disturbing them.

“These pupils are becoming a burden to us because they don’t even get time to study,” said Ramadhan.

Rebecca Kitsao is another victim who said that the teacher always disturbs them making it difficult for them to concentrate on their studies.

"I feel that the teacher has taken us to devil worshiping because of the scary dreams I always have and the fact that she has threatened to deal with one of us if the matter is exposed," said Kitsao.

Her mother, Zawadi Mataza, said that they were forced to report the matter to Malindi police station after their efforts to seek divine intervention bore no fruits. Later they decided to take them to Malindi district hospital.

Specialists in Malindi district hospital said that the seven patients were treated of hysteria.

“They came here shouting and that is definitely hysteria which is treated in injection," said Doctor Said Abdalla.

Takaye primary school Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman Peter Mwaringa said that the incident has shocked everyone in the school.

He said that they have informed the Education Ministry and agreed with parents of the affected children to meet and discuss the matter.

Mwaringa said the issue has disrupted learning activities in the school since last week.

“We want to discuss the way forward concerning the matter. The pupils adversely mentioned one of their teachers whom they always claim has demonic connection,” he added.

Efforts to reach Malindi District Education Officer to comment on the matter were futile because her phone was not going through.

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