Witchdoctor arrested in Lakes State over death

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Witchdoctor arrested in Lakes State over death

Witchdoctor arrested in Lakes State over death
A witch doctor in Abang village, Yirol County, Lakes State, has been arrested by the police after one person he was treating mysteriously died.

The area police revealed that two people went to the witch doctor for treatment and consequently one of them died while another was rescued by the community members.


Speaking to The City Review, Lake State Police Spokesperson Maj Elija Mabor said after the case was reported to the police they had to arrest the witch doctor.

The cases of witchcraft have been on the rise in Lakes State.

In September, a court in Rumbek sentenced 11 women to five-month imprisonment and with an alternative fine of SSP 50,000 for practicing witchcraft.

Maj Mabor revealed that the women were tried in court after their arrest following an order issued by the town mayor.

He said the police were sent to go and collect those practicing witchcraft in one of the residential areas in Rumbek. They were arrested and sent to court and then sentenced to five-month imprisonment.


After the sentence of the women, Mabor emphasized that they would continue the hunt for witches until they stop the “evil practices” in the area.

In Central Equatoria State and in the same month, a Public Order Court sentenced nine people to prison with terms not exceeding three months and a fine of SSP 25,000 each for practicing witchcraft.

Five of the nine convicts were sentenced to one-month imprisonment, two to a three-month jail term; one person to two months jail while one of them was sentenced to 45 days imprisonment.

The punishment came after the Juba City Council arrested and detained them during its inspection of the city. The operation targeted those practicing prostitution and witchcraft in the Munuki Block B residential area. They had been detained at Malakia Police Station.

The11 suspects were then presented before the court at Kator block and the final verdict was announced by the 1st class Majesty Peter Mustafa.

Two of the accused persons were not sentenced but were fined SSP 25,000 each. They included a mother of a five-month-old child and an expectant woman.

However, the judge threatened to put them in jail if they failed to pay the fines. According to the court, the 11 people were charged under article 33 section 1,2,3,4 of the bylaws of the Juba City Council 2013 annexure 2021.

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