Graphic Video of Violence in Kisii

Someone emailed me the link to this video and asked me to post it on my blog as a way to send out a message of Kenya’s descent into lawlessness and disorder.

I will warn you that this video is extremely graphic, so don’t watch this at work and beware.

** The video takes some time to load so just be a little patient because it will eventually appear.

A group of people in Kisii decided to burn three people alive after they accused them of being witches.

This is why I can’t just talk about business 24/7.  At some point, there needs to be an examination of the broader issues that exist within a society because these issues of culture, play an important role in defining a countries economy.

Economics or business (or whatever you want to call it) is not just about what the share price of Safaricom is or whether you drive a mercedes benz or a subaru.  At it’s core, it becomes a reflection of that societies moral compass and what that society will or will not accept for it’s fellow citizens and for humanity.

Is it morally acceptable to steal maize when 10 million people are facing starvation? What kind of society accepts this?

Is it morally acceptable to pay yourselves $150,000 dollars a year & pay no taxes when 60% of the population is living in extreme poverty?

I know Kenyans have a general disdain for all things “intellectual”, but at some point,  policy makers need to start thinking about these broader sociological issues and the negative impact it is having on the overall society.

Is this the Kenya you want?

18 comments for “Graphic Video of Violence in Kisii

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    April 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    As a New Age UFO believer I thank God I’m not a Christian, I got a bit nervous when Christian leader Pat Robertson suggested all UFO believers be stoned to death!

    Since coming out of the “Cosmic Closet” my Christian family have disowned me…and this right here in the good old USA!

    Is HATE a Christian value?

  4. ogega boaz
    April 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Kenya’s leadership in two centuries behind.Shame on you Kibaki and others.

  5. Vic
    April 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Well seems someone didn’t like what i had to say and removed my post, well too bad, if you remove it, i will post it again and all over, well it seems that some of the posters here agree with this barbaric act, one of them is MAIDEN, if you have this mentality and think its OK the burn a human Bing alive, then you should be killed, this is going on all over Africa, you are barbarians, in Arab world they cut heads, in Africa they burn you alive, what a Match :cry:

  6. mefti
    March 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh MY GOD!!! this is sooo sad and barbaric!! even animals look out for eachother!!

  7. lari
    March 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Si in Kenya we are always lynching people by burning them? Si that’s where the phrase “weka tyre” came from?
    Why is it that when it happens in some rural backwater it’s a big deal, but when it happens in the city, it’s somehow okay?
    I remember some mwizi being “wekwad tyre” in a Nairobi estate when I was young. And the carcass was left there for most of the afte. Kids coming back from school were able to see it on their way home. It was horrifying.

  8. Kinoo
    March 24, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I usually can find humor in dark places.

    This is extremely sad.

  9. Dee
    March 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    To All,
    Is Witchcraft for real? How does it work and if these so called witches have powers, how come they live in muddy thatched houses? Can’t they use their witchcraft to get rich?…..This medeveal culture need to be outdated once and for all..

    Whats the difference btn. “sungusungu” and “Chinkololo”….

  10. Shukri
    March 22, 2009 at 11:51 am


    My question is not whether it works or not. My question is how many people in the crowd are guilty of doing wrong ?

    You see there needs to be an organized way of doing this. You see when people in the west see this- Do you know what such a clip does to the Image of the country ?

    Such violence can only beget more violence and not more law abiding citizens. If it works- why is it that last year there were more cases of witchcraft lynching and this year they have increased ?

  11. MAIDEN
    March 22, 2009 at 6:54 am

    to shukri the group is called SUNGUSUNGU.

    This is happens regularly and after loosing a loved one thru witchcraft that cannot be proven in a court of law this is the justice they deserve and this will scare any wtch or any witch-to-be.

    The law enforcement officers do not help when they are arrested so please spare us to deal with them in this way.

    After this burning would be witches moved away and those who remained burnt all their paraphernalia sso in a nutshell this justice works

  12. Dee
    March 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Everyone…slow down ur wheels….Like this is the first time it ever happened?This normal Kenya behind the scenes. Call it backward culture or whatever, but this has been the usual business since independence….Now lets find a solution for the new generation.

  13. Demogod
    March 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    THis is purely sickening! Unbelievable that people in Kenya have become barbaric, and our leadership is completely to be blamed. When you show the nation that the only way to gain notoriety and power is through stealing and acts of violence, this is the result. We are doomed as a nation, the train wreck is coming, and it’s going to be bloody. Not only that, Kenya as a nation is heading to bankruptcy….

  14. noni
    March 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I just went to that particular site liveleak.com and read the comments to see what people thought about the video. It is images like this that serve to promote racism by creating an impression that Africans are all like this. Unfortunately most westerners especially the ones to exposed end up thinking the whole of Africa and Africans are as barbaric like the crazy folks in that video.

    The problem is there is no strict law against witchcraft. It’s even difficult to prove it in a court of law. Now just imagine loosing relatives because they are albinos because of being kidnapped by a witch?! Or loosing an arm because a witch cut it to go and use it for his/her craft? Remember witchcraft is business enterprise, its not just about superstition and beliefs. The witches are using their craft to make a living making it difficult to erode. And their have clients including MPs!!!! The problem is also economical, social and cultural.

    So the poor country folk have few options but to burn the suspects alive in bid to finish this vice in their society. Its barbaric but that is how it has been done for generations even in Europe some years back.

    The only way to finish this kind of craziness is ofcourse to provide more economic opportunities and education to the people then they will have no time for this nonsense.

    Probably you can hold your nose and judge this people but remember its your upbringing, your environment and education that has shaped your attitudes and thoughts, but if you where brought up with this people, you would probably end up being just like them.

  15. kim
    March 20, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I think we are slowly degenerating into a damned state. Period

  16. case
    March 20, 2009 at 2:59 am

    it is no better in the western world, except we do not usually burn adults in the street, we get the medics to kill our unborn children, and then call it love. the people who look on could have done something.

  17. Mystery Shopper
    March 20, 2009 at 2:19 am

    This is truly disturbing.

    What is happening to Kenya? I have not yet found the words to describe it, but we seem to be slowly descending into a state of anarchy.

    Human decency, personal responsibility, collective social responsibility etc seem to have been lost.

    We really really need to start talking about these things. Yes our system is not great but does that give us liberty to start acting like savages?

  18. Shukri
    March 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm


    This is some sad stuff. This is exactly the results of rule by decree. When rule of law is not followed. People turn on cartels for justice. We have seen this with Mungiki, Kamjesh. Now we see another group in Kisii. I don’t know the name of this group but its some seriously disturubing stuff.

    I did not even watch the whole clip. Its really disturbing.

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