Residents of Mwingi, Kitui County were left in shock after a local preacher was allegedly busted burying items linked to witchcraft at a neighbor’s homestead while naked.
The preacher identified as Kyallo Kabali was reportedly caught burying the paraphernalia at the middle of the night on Tuesday.
One of his congregants said the clergyman has been duping them with promises of protecting them from being bewitched.
“Yesterday, they came to pray for me as a church. However, during the prayers, Kyallo called me aside. He told me that he felt that some of those we were praying with did not have faith. So he asked me to postpone the prayers to a later date on which only four people would attend,” Justus Mwaniki, one of the preacher’s congregants says.
“He then asked me to take a goat to church after the second round of prayers. While we used to view him as a good preacher, his only motive is making money,” adds Mwaniki.
While confirming the incident, area Chief Daniel Chumbo said Kyallo was found to have been secretly burying fake ‘witchcraft items’ in victims' houses before coming to unearth them in a cleansing ritual later, at a fee.
“My advice to residents is to be wary of conmen who come in many guises including preaching,” warns Chumbo.