Four elderly villagers on Sunday were torched alive on suspicion of carrying out witchcraft.
They were murdered at Nyagonyi villages in Marani Kisii following the night abduction of a secondary school student found unconscious on the path to his house.
He was said to have been abducted previously under mysterious circumstances and had been sickly. When villagers spat on him he regained consciousness and began to speak, setting off a frenzy, witnesses said.Residents said the murdered four were part of a coven of witches who lured out the Nyagonyi Secondary student as he studied in his house on Saturday night.
Villagers said he had been bewitched and victimised before.
“I think this is the forth time if not the fifth time they are abducting him,” resident John Getuma said.
A cross was planted outside his house the night before he was abducted,” he said.
“He has been a sickling all through. In fact, the parents have already sold everything to treat him,” Getuma saidOne woman was dragged from her house where she had locked herself in. She and the house were set ablaze.
Resident Moraa said she was about to go to her farm when the alarm was raised.
“At first we did not know what had happened but when I moved near we found the boy lying down and all the people were ordered to spit saliva on him.
“When they spat on him, he began to talk and that is when the women were seized and set ablaze by the mob,” she told journalists.