A recent report in The Nairobian suggests that a poltergeist is tormenting a family in Miguye village, Kisumu County in south-eastern Kenya.
Concerned father Cosmas Akumba told reporter Mactilda Mbenywe that the strange events had continued at the house for over eight years. Cosmas said household items had been disappearing, mysterious fires had broken out and ‘a ghost would handcuff his children at night’, all actions straight out of the traditional poltergeist playbook – except maybe for the handcuffs part.
“Things would disappear from the house, only to resurface days later. Last month, we were all shocked when we woke up to find my two kids handcuffed. When we tried to inquire from them, they couldnʼt explain what had happened,” he said.
“Mysterious fires broke out in my two houses. What is strange is that it all happened at the same time. It is also shocking that the fires only burnt the mattresses and blankets. Nobody had lit the fires,” he claimed.
The family believed that ‘dark forces’ may also be at work. Cosmas told the reporter that his phone had disappeared from the house and his daughter started receiving strange messages.
“My phone just disappeared, but at around 11pm, my daughter received a call from my number. We later received a text message stating: “You are sending people money but you are not sending me anything. I have withdrawn the money I have found in your phone and I am sending your daughter the remaining Sh50”.
Cosmas said the mysterious happenings had sent the family searching for help.
“It has not been easy for my family. We have visited several churches to seek divine intervention. We pray that these things stop”.
The strange events had commenced in 2014 with a signature poltergeist move: mysterious stones were thrown at his house.
“I did not know what was happening and at some point, my younger daughter sustained serious injuries when she was hit by a stone. During the same time, one of my daughters who was set to join school woke up with a rope tied around her hands with some oil dripping from it.”
Cosmas said he has tried everything to try and stop the pesky polt but nothing had worked.
“When I took my children to the hospital, I was advised to seek divine intervention or seek the services of a witchdoctor. I am a prayerful person and I have been praying over it,” he said.
Reporter Mactilda Mbenywe later told The Cropster that while the story was hard to believe, Cosmas’ stress and discomfort had been obvious and was quite convincing to the reporters that visited his home.