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Death Linked To ‘Witchcraft’

Claims of witchcraft have been linked to an assault that allegedly led to the death of a Namosi villager. Tension is high and the village is split over the funeral
18 Feb 2015 08:31
Death Linked To ‘Witchcraft’
Dead... Suwani Liganituidonu.

Claims of witchcraft have been linked to an assault that allegedly led to the death of a Namosi villager.

Tension is high and the village is split over the funeral today.

The villager, Suwani Liganituidonu, a stroke victim,  was allegedly attacked because his assailants thought he was practising witchcraft, claimed his niece.

The niece, Aqela Buloukula, 43,  said Mr Liganituidonu lived with his older sister Sauvana Dite, 60, and her in their lean-to house in Wainiyavu Village, in the Namosi highlands.

Police spokesperson Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed five men aged 24, 19, 19, 20, 24 were in Police custody.

Mrs Buloukula claimed the incident took place at 10pm on February 5.

“We were asleep. When my aunt and I woke up we saw the door open and he was not on his bed so my aunt went out to look for him at the river next to the village,” Mrs Buloukula said.

“My aunt arrived at the river bank and saw three men and asked if they had seen my uncle and one of them said he was seen swimming in the river without any clothes on so she went got him out dressed him up again and brought him back home and we all slept.”

The family suspected that the three men had allegedly assaulted him already before leaving him in the water.

“Around 1am he went out again and that was when they must have beaten him up again because two women came towards the river and saw one of the men carrying my uncle home as if something had happened to him.”

“My uncle was not thinking straight and he usually took off his clothes and walked at night or he will just relieve himself where ever he is and we understand his condition.

“What these people thought was that he was performing witchcraft when he was seen outside that night which is why they must have beaten him up,” she said.

Mrs Buloukula said one of the suspects had gone back to the village following the incident and informed a grog party that he and a few others had beaten up her uncle. This was also after the two women had informed the party and they said they heard loud scream from the river prior to the time of the alleged assault.

“My uncle was usually up early but on that Friday morning he was still in bed. My husband, Aporosa Dromalu, went and held his hand and could see he was in pain from the way he was behaving and he also vomited blood,” she said.

They informed the village headman a day later and he was rushed to Navua Hospital on February 7 before he was transferred to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva where he died.

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