479 people killed over witchcraft in Tanzania since January

80-year-old Kitsao Kirandu displays his injuries at the Malindi hospital in 2013 after being attacked on suspicions of practicing witchcraft PHOTO COURTESY

Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA: 479 people have so far been killed in ‘witch’ Killings in Tanzania since January.

This is according to a  report released by Tanzanian based watchdog group Legal and Human rights watch centre on Monday.

According to the report, most of the Killings happened in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salam and Mbeya region.

“While 117 deaths have been reported to have occurred in Dar (this year), Mbeya sits second with 33 people lynched followed by Mara with 28 deaths and Geita with 26 deaths,” said Hellen Kijo Basimba the group’s executive director.

The report comes just a  week after 4 women were burnt beyond recognition while another one was lynched by a mob on suspicions of being witches in Tabora region of central Tanzania.

Here in Kenya attacks on persons suspected engaging in sorcery is prevalent in Coastal Kenyan counties.

In June 3 people were lynched by a mob in Kilifi on suspicions of practicing witchcraft.