Hearing Of Case against Ugandan Witchdoctor Accused of Killing Kisumu Nurse Starts in Eldoret

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A High Court in Eldoret on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, started hearing a case in which a Ugandan witch doctor is facing murder charges.

The witch doctor, Mawanda Asma, is accused of brutally killing Ferdinand Ongeri, a Kisumu nurse in 2019.

He has already denied committing the crime.

On the first day of the hearing of the case, the widow of the killed nurse Brossy Makimtigwa Ongeri testified before Eldoret High Court Judge Reuben Nyakundi.

Brossy who is a Ugandan national narrated to the court how she got the shocking news of her husband’s death.

On a fateful day, someone had updated information that a male naked body had been found in the forest and taken to Kapsabet mortuary. When we went there with my mother-in-law and other family members, we managed to identify my husband’s body,” she told the court.

Brossy Makimtigwa Ongeri, widow to the late nurse testifying before the Eldoret High Court.

At some point, the widow of the nurse, who at the time of the murder was a deputy Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Kisumu branch was overwhelmed by emotions.

It took the intervention of the court clerk to calm her down before she was allowed to proceed with her testimony.

Throat slit, neck broken

The nurse was reported missing on July 24, 2019, from his workstation after successfully negotiating a promotion deal for nurses with the administration of Kisumu County’s health department.

His decomposing naked body was later found by a herdsman dumped in the vast Kimondi forest in Nandi County after a fruitless search that had been conducted by his colleagues, friends and family members.

It had the throat slit, and neck was broken and there were bruises all over the body.

Court documents indicate that the Ugandan witch doctor committed the crime between July 24th and 27th 2019 at Kimondi Forest.

Eldoret High Court Judge Reuben Nyakundi who is hearing the case.

He is facing murder charges jointly with others, not before the court.

In another testimony, retired nurse, Isabel Ongeri Ondiek, who is the mother to the slain nurse recalled the last moments he had with her son on phone.

He had promised to visit her in one week’s time.

My son was in high spirits and jovial when I talked to him on phone a week before he was reported missing, little did I know it was my last conversation with him,” narrated Ms Ondiek.

The hearing for the case continues.

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