Minister Blames Loss On Witchcraft (Kenya)

The Standard (Kenya), Phionah Mwadilo, 31 Dec. 2007

Former Likoni MP Mr Suleiman Shakombo disputed the election results in his constituency and claimed the outcome was influenced by witchcraft.

The Heritage minister alleged that a candidate cast a spell on voters and buried live goats at every polling station in his strongholds.


He said he would prove his allegations in court.


“My opponent scared my voters after the practices in most polling stations and also threatened women who were going to vote for me,” he said.


Mombasa Mayor Mwalimu Masoud Mwahima garnered 17,850 votes against Shakombo’s 7324.


Shakombo demanded repeat elections in the constituency and accused the Electoral Commission of Kenya officials of bias.


“I have complained of irregularities, but no action was taken,” he said.


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