Police in Mombasa have arrested three people – two Ugandan men and a Kenyan woman – for attempting to defraud Bamburi residents by claiming they performed rituals to supernaturally locate two men, who allegedly stole a saloon car in the coastal city.
In a shocking Wednesday morning (September 6) incident, two suspected thieves stripped naked, sang, danced and spoke in tongues in Bamburi, with residents speculating that the two men were bewitched by the owner of the saloon car they had allegedly stolen last week.
One of the men had a snake dangling around his neck. At some point, the two started smearing mud on the car. The snake was taken away by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers.
It now emerges that two Ugandan nationals, and Catherine Omok, a Kenyan woman, choreographed the morning act, alongside the suspected thieves, so that they could use the buzz created out of the incident to advertise their witchcraft services.
Police say the three people’s intent was to defraud Kenyans.
Confirming the incident, Kisauni OCPD, Christopher Rotich, said the three planned the deceit scheme, with an intention of hoodwinking Kenyans into subscribing for their witchcraft services, which in reality, they don’t provide.
Rotich said the two were also arrested for illegally being in possession of a snake, which is contrary to KWS laws.
Rotich added that Catherine Omok, claimed to be the witchdoctor, said the car belonged to her, but could not provide a logbook to prove ownership.
Meanwhile, the suspected thieves were taken to a mental hospital for assessment as police continue with investigations.
The three suspects are in custody at the Bamburi Police Station.