Moyamba District, SIERRA LEONE – The residents of Nyadihun town in Kori chiefdom, Moyamba district, find themselves in a state of suspense as they await the unfolding of a strange tale involving suspected individuals who allegedly placed numerous juju charms in a grave and within their own community.
This perplexing incident came to light through the disclosures of Pa Mancha, the ceremonial Chairman of the Council of Traditional Healers Sierra Leone, during a recent interview with Awoko. According to Pa Mancha, after thorough investigation by local authorities, including Paramount Chief (PC) Bappie and other community stakeholders, he was called upon to employ his expertise to assess and address the situation that had gripped Kori Chiefdom.
The enigmatic saga began a few weeks ago when, during a burial in the village, a dog, inexplicably, unearthed the grave, revealing a cache of juju charms placed beneath the deceased’s body. The commotion raised by the villagers alerted them to the dog’s actions. In the course of the inquiry, another juju charm was discovered in a different part of the town, Pa Mancha disclosed.
One individual had been implicated in the incident following initial investigations, but concrete evidence had yet to be established. It was decided that a thorough examination of the entire village was necessary, leading to the summoning of Pa Mancha, the witch doctor.
The village members and stakeholders, disturbed by these unsettling events, have proposed a swearing ceremony for those suspected of placing the juju charms in the grave and around the town. In preparation for this ceremony, several villagers were asked to voluntarily submit to a screening process, which would be carried out by the witch doctor. The prevalent sentiment among the villagers is one of concern, as the presence of numerous juju charms raises fears of potential risks to their well-being if not swiftly addressed.
Pa Mancha revealed that his investigation unveiled a recurring issue within Nyandehun village. He found evidence of an ongoing witchcraft matter involving a member of the community who habitually introduces juju charms and subsequently accuses fellow villagers when suspicion arises.
As the mysteries continue to unravel, the residents of Nyandehun remain on edge, awaiting the outcomes of the upcoming swearing ceremony and hoping for a resolution to the enigma surrounding the juju charms found in their midst. AJ/24/10/2023