Police in Kwale County is investigating the killing of a 73- year- old man at Dima village on suspicion that he was practising witchcraft.

Matuga Sub-county police commander Ludwin Sassati said Ngala Chuphi was reportedly killed by an unknown man who descended on him with a panga.

Sassati said Chuphi was preparing supper for his two sons when the incident happened.

“The deceased was cooking Ugali when a man crept into his house and committed the heinous act,” said Sassati.

Police revealed that Chuphi was a widower who lived with his two young sons.

The motive of the killing is not known but according to Sassati, it might have been caused by witchcraft allegations since people with grey hair have been falling victims to such accusations.

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He said investigations are ongoing and warned residents against killing the elderly on witchcraft claims saying that culprits will face the full wrath of the law once found.

“A manhunt for the suspect has already been launched. Killing grey-haired people because of outdated primitive reasons is unacceptable and culprits will be dealt mercilessly in a court of law,” he said.

The body was taken to Kwale mortuary for postmortem.

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The incident comes barely three days after a mother was killed and four other family members were seriously injured in unclear circumstances at Kwa Maasai village in Lunga Lunga Sub-County.

KNA by Shaban Omar/Hussein Abdullahi