Irate residents of Mwana Village in Makeuni County on Tuesday night set a woman on fire for allegedly bewitching pupils in the area.
The attackers believed that Grace Mwanza, 65, was behind a mysterious wave of hysterical behaviour that affected pupils of Mwende Primary School.
Mbooni East OCPD Peter Njeru told the Nation that the attackers went to her home, beat her up, and set her on fire.
He said the woman allegedly owned up before being set ablaze.
The deceased’s family members, including her husband, were forced to flee their home.
John Munovi, Mwende Primary School Deputy headmaster said one of the pupils who was behaving hysterically named the woman, prompting the public to go to her home.
He said four pupils in the school have been hysterical for the past two years, three of whom have since dropped out this year.
The school administarator added that parents have been calling preachers to pray for the affected pupils.
The woman’s charred remains were taken to the Makueni County Referral Hospital mortuary.