A suspected car thief on Monday ran into a police station and surrendered himself after he was attacked by a swarm of bees, which only left him after a witchdoctor performed a ritual.
Mr Francis Sikadigu had allegedly drugged the car owner before driving off to an unknown destination.
When the Nation caught up with him at the police station, Mr Sikadigu, a middle-aged Ugandan, was groaning in pain and moving in a circles as the bees stung him.
He had abandoned the car at the gate to the Bungoma County Assembly.
Bungoma OCPD David Kirui said the suspect was in custody and would be charged in court once investigations were complete.
“This is pure witchcraft,” said Mr Kirui light-heartedly and added: “We are trying to establish the truth.”
Mr John Wafula, a well-known car hire dealer in Bungoma town, said Mr Sikadigu wanted to hire his car for three days on Friday but drugged him and fled in it.
“We were negotiating in a bar and when I went to relieve myself he spiked my drink,” Mr Wafula narrated. “I regained consciousness at the Bungoma County referral hospital.”
Mr Wafula said that besides reporting the theft at the police station, he also sought the services of a witchdoctor to recover his stolen vehicle.
“I thank God my vehicle has been found and the suspect is in police custody,” said Mr Wafula. “I want him charged in court to stop the habit.”
Police officers and residents escorted the suspect to a witchdoctor, ‘Dr’ Siraba Musali alias Dr Nyuki, in nearby Marell Estate, where the bees flew away after he was given a concoction.
Police escorted him back to the station under tight security.