‘Snake-men’ plead innocent to witchcraft activity

The 6 suspects at the Shanzu law courts PHOTO/HILLARY MAKOKHA

Mombasa,KENYA:Six suspects linked to the alleged witchcraft activities that took place in  the Bamburi  neighborhood of Mombasa last week were charged in a court in Shanzu.

The Six include two men who striped naked,two Ugandan nationals said to be witch doctors and two men suspected to be owners of the vehicle.
The Court heard that on the 6th September 2017,at Kiembeni area of Bamburi , Mombasa the accused persons jointly with others not before court conspired with intend to defraud public by means of advertisement inserted by them by displaying posters and banners falsely pretending that they were carrying on a genuine business as traditional doctors and that were able to catch thieves,solve court cases,secure jobs,solve impotency at a certain fee.
Yassin Lokorobe and Ronald Nganga were also charged with the offence of being in possession a live adult forest cobra without a permit contrary to section of the wildlife conversation management act.
Four of the suspects Yassin Lokorobe,Ronald Nganga,Wani Waju and Musa Ongom being Ugandans were  also charged with being in the country illegally.
They denied all the charges before Mombasa principle magistrate Diana Mochache.
Court will rule on Tuesday if the accused persons will be granted bond or denied.
Prosecution had opposed accused person released on bond saying they would abscond  the proceedings since they are not Kenyans.
The Kenya wildlife service also requested the  court to allow the snake which will be used as evidence released to  a natural habitat.
Officer from KWS told the court that the snake had not eaten anything for a week and it may die if it is detained for longer.
He said the snake was depressed after being suffocated by the accused persons.
Mochache ordered the snake released to the Shimba hills forest and  a certificate of compliance filed in court.