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Curses are common but illegal according to a 91 Year old Kenyan Law

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Well, this might not be the most important story about good governance, but anyway: It seems to be fashionable especially for elders to threaten to “curse” someone who misbehaves according to them. If you have time and would like to do a fairly unsusual story about those who threaten: Look at the Kenyan Witchcraft Act of 1925 which is still in place and ask if these people have violated that act. They could probably be fined and incarcerated for a while.

Here are cases of the last two years:

Don’t all these elders hold themselves out as a
“witchdoctor able to cause fear, annoyance or injury to another in mind, person or property”?
Don’t they pretend to
“exercise any kind of supernatural power … to cause such fear…”?

(Quotes are from Sec. 2 of the Witchcraft Act)

Click here for an advanced google search of cases in the last month.
(this is a search for pages from Kenya that contain both the words “elders” as well the term “curse” and have been published in the last month, counted from the day you click the link)

Here’s the link to the Witchcraft Act

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