Kenya: Irate mob lynched family over magic

They were adjudged to be witches in the court of public opinion. No charge sheet was required or defence needed. The only punishment which could calm the angry neighbours was death.

Muthike Ndegwa (76), his wife, Muthoni Muthike(70) and their five children and  a grandson, had been slaughtered and their bodies set ablaze by the mob. When the killers came calling on the family at around 2am, they were determined that nobody would be allowed to escape. After all, every member of the homestead was guilty of ‘practicing witchcraft’.

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