The Comoros has expelled a Tanzanian witch doctor suspected of having
been hired to rig weekend elections with his magic, police said
The juju man arrived in the Indian Ocean state two weeks
ago and was repeatedly seen at the home of Mohamed Abdoulhoihabi, the
governor of the archipelago’s main island of Grande Comore.
senior police official who asked not to be named said the Tanzanian
citizen was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of working to influence the
weekend’s polls and was deported on Wednesday.
“He’s a friend, he
used to come for meals regularly,” the governor’s wife complained after
enquiring about the Tanzanian’s fate with the police.
clear or official. We are being told he is a crook but no warrant was
issued… Internal security confirmed his arrest and simply told us that
witchcraft was banned,” she added.
Abdoulhoihabi, once a close
aide to Comoran President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi and now an opposition
politician, will face a ruling party candidate as he attempts to retain
his job on Sunday.
The federation is holding a national
presidential ballot on Sunday as well as elections for the posts of
governor on each of the three islands: Grande Comore, Anjouan and