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April 19, 2021

1971 Sorcery Act reviewed and said to be repealed

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The country’s court system saysthe 1971 Sorcery Act is inappropriate because evidence to prover sorcery related incidences in court is hard.

The Constitutional and Law Reform commission was tasked to review this Act by putting togther a terms of reference.

Last week Friday it announcedthe Review ofthe Law on sorcery and sorcery related killings report.

The review dates back to 2009 whenthethen Minister for Justice and Attorney General Dr Allan Marat issuedthe terms of reference to enquire intothe extent of enforcement ofthe sorcery Act and to recommend appropriate remedial action.

However, Secretary for CLRC Dr Eric Kwa saidthey are looking to havethe 1971 Sorcery Act repealed because provision of evidence in a sorcery killing is difficult.

He saidthe village court Act will deal with an alleged sorcerer under traditional customs, whilethe killing of an alleged sorcerer will be considered a criminal act.

Findings fromthe report showed that a great majority of sorcery and sorcery related killings brought to police were not pursued due to lack of withness cooperation or wrongdoing onthe part ofthe police.

The report has been given to minister for justice and attorney general Kerenga Kua to be presented to cabinet inthe next parliament sitting.

Pictured: Young mther suspected of sorcery and was burnt alive,among pile of rubbish and tires.

Salome VincentoNational EMTV News


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