Police stationed at the Kibwezi Police Station were in a state of shock on Wednesday, September 16, as they watched a group of people lining up one after the the other, with stolen items in hand.
The missing goods had been reported as stolen after a lorry was involved in an accident the previous night. The unexpected scenes were tied to an alleged fear of a powerful curse.
In his statement, the driver of the lorry, Musembi Ngunga, informed the police that he was set upon by thugs who were armed with axes.
"More than half the cargo was stolen and they destroyed what was left," he revealed.Stolen goods piled up at a market in Kibwezi. September 16, 2020.File
Crucially, he further detailed that the goods in question belonged to catholic priests, adding that he was tasked with presenting them to the clergy having travelled from Nairobi.
Word soon spread around Mbui Nzau township that an irreversible curse was in store for the suspects who dared to steal from God.
The local Catholics allegedly went as far as announcing that they were going to hold special prayers to direct a powerful curse on anyone involved in the heist.
A few hours later, local residents started trooping to the local market in a single file.
The Police watched for hours as people known to them emerged from the villages carrying assorted medical equipment, gas cookers, seats, mattresses, and assorted religious items.
They piled them at the centre of the market and walked away with their heads hanging in shame.
Detectives who visited the scene were advised by local elders to leave to avoid scaring away the repentant villagers.
In an eerily familiar incident back in 2008, Police in the Kenyan coastal resort of Mombasa reported that some people who stole property during post-election riots walked themselves to the station and returned the goods.A police officer pictured at a crime scene.File
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