Teddy Mwambire Defends Opening Witches’ Rehabilitation Center in Kilifi

  • Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire on Friday defended his initiative to open a rescue centre for suspected witches in Kilifi county amid criticism from members of the public.

    Speaking in Malindi during a prize-giving ceremony organised by the Kenya Red Cross Society, Mwambire declared that nothing would deter him from helping suspected witches.

    "People criticise me for defending suspected witches but I shall not shy away from doing that,” he began.

    “A suspected witch should not be hacked to death. Bring them to me. I have a good rehabilitation centre for them [that can] make them useful in the society," he asserted.

    Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire speaking during the Award Ceremony at Kenya Red Cross Society Malindi Branch on May 17, 2019

    Reports indicate that Mwambire opened Kaya Godhoma Rescue Centre in Mrima Wa Ndege in 2013, where hundreds of elderly people rescued from death on allegations of witchcraft are sheltered and counselled.

    According to the MP, he was a human rights defender by passion and a politician by public demand.

    Earlier in the month, the MP came under fire after viral images of children studying in flooded classrooms in his constituency trended on social media.

    According to the pictures, the pupils appeared helpless in a mud-walled classroom with protruding rafters feebly holding together, as they sat on stones in a pool of dirty rainwater.

    In his defense, Mwambire blamed his predecessor for the deplorable state of the school, and lack of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocations for the financial year 2018/2019.

    Nonetheless, the pupils are now looking forward to a better learning environment thanks to the donations from well-wishers.

    Images of children in flooded classrooms in Mangororo Primary School in Ganze, Kilifi county