Journalist’s father hangs himself in unclear circumstances
16 October 2016, 05:16
Kilifi - The late Standard Journalist, Joseph Masha Tondo’s father Tondo Chiwetse Bushuti hanged himself in his room at Kolongoni village in Chonyi, Kilifi County.
According to his son John Said Tondo, his father threatened to kill himself after a witch doctor declared him a witch, something that he said led to his son Joseph Masha's death.
John said that a day after a famous witch doctor known as ‘Beba beba’ cleansed their home claiming Mzee Tondo was a witch, Mzee Tondo threatened to kill himself and from that day his children monitored the 70-year-old man's movements.
However, on Thursday morning he disappeared and after few ours he was found hanging inside his room already dead.
“We are still in shock over the incident and we are already planning to bury him beside his own son Joseph Masha’s grave,” added John.
Kilifi Police Boss Alexander Makau confirmed that Tondo killed himself after he was declared a witch by a famous witch doctor, Beba beba.
“Beba beba carries witches on his back, dancing local Giryama songs with them and later gives them a certain charm which kills them if they try bewitching people again,” said a local woman at Kolongoni village.
Joseph Masha died a month ago over suspected food poisoning by a local politician within Kilifi County.
The new revelation that Masha could have been bewitched by his own father has sent journalists at the Coast in shock and disbelief.
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