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Sunday, 28 September 2014

NOW WITCHCRAFT CLAIMS EMERGE IN MAENDELEO AFTER SACKINGS



Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation is yet again in the eye of a storm following the sacking of 10 employees by the national chairlady Rahab Mwikali.

Immediately after assuming office, Mwikali reportedly fired 10 workers and has since advertised the positions after she revoked the contracts including that of the executive director previously held by Wanjiku Mbugua.

Upon learning of their sackings, the staff stormed the offices and locked themselves in the office of executive director where they vowed to stand their ground to get a hearing from the steering council stating that the termination of their employment was unlawful.

A steering committee meeting of Maendeleo ya Wanawake failed to resolve the impasse between the organisation’s chair and the 10 sacked workers.
But even as the organisation advertises for the positions, it is emerging that there have been claims of use of witchcraft during the Maendeleo elections.

A report signed by Kiprop Ngetich (investigating officer) dated July 22 2014 to OC Public Complaint Unit reads in part: “Forwarded herewith please is the above quoted inquiry files for your perusal and advice. This is inquiry into investigations into allegation that Rahab Muia, Hellen Makone, Elizabeth Mayieka were jointly involved in the countrywide witchcraft during the maendeleo ya Wanawake elections”.

According to the report, there was widespread use of witchcraft during the campaigns and during election day. “The investigation has established the true facts over this and the three actually committed this allegation as evidenced by the witnesses who were purportedly hired to carry out the exercise as per the investigations”.