Kisii Governor James Ongwae has on Tuesday October 26, 2021 announced the setting up of a taskforce that is tasked with looking into the increasing number of killings of elderly persons on suspicion of witchcraft practise.
The Members of the task force include, Samuel Bosire (Abagusii cultural and development council secretary), Dennis Ombachi (MCA Marani ward), Dr. Richard Onkware (Director, Public Health), Obino Nyambane (Director, Culture), Director Lands department, Florence Abuya (Maendeleo ya wanawake), Kevin Mamboleo (youth), and representatives of the Human rights organizations; Kerubo Abuya, Catherine Nyamato and advocate Harun Ndubi.
The taskforce has been directed by the county chief to come up with mitigation measures geared at ending the killings and to look into the extent of the problem in Kisii county.
The- ODM governor said that the findings and recommendations of the taskforce will be shared with the national government for further action.
"We want them to also look at the causes of extra judicial killings. Is the problem? Is it poverty? What is the problem? We want them to look at the security of the citizens. We also want them to look at the challenges facing the youth because most of these deaths were caused by the youth.
"We want them to give us the mitigation measures going forward. Is it possible for us to create community outline and a few other things. If they are able to identify the extent of this problem then we will work with the national government to ensure that we have cery clear measures that have been put in place," he said.