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Anger as Kenyan 'witchdoctor' fails to raise the dead

09 January 2015, 19:31

Nairobi - Furious Kenyan villagers said they wasted a day waiting for a "witchdoctor" to bring a corpse back to life after he failed because he was too "tired", a report said Friday.

Scores of villagers in Kenya's southeastern Kwale district turned up singing and dancing to see the "miracle", Kenya's The Star newspaper reported.

"We have never experienced this and want to see it first hand," village elder Ndaro Kokota said before the witchdoctor Samuel Kanundu began his work.

Also read: 7 witchcraft suspects burned to death in Tanzania 

Kanundu had boasted he had already brought five people back to life, and told the scores of villagers on Thursday that he would resurrect the man who died in October 2013 "by sunset".

But villagers grew angry when nothing happened and Kanundu asked the crowd to wait as he was "tired."

"Tell us the truth," the crowd shouted, according to the newspaper. "You should not be wasting our time here the whole day."

However, the dead man's family said they believed the resurrection had been complicated by the fact the man had been "killed by a witch who hid his body" beneath a banana tree, the report added.



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