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WITCHCRAFT SUPPRESSION ACT 9 19

Chapter 9:19

WITCHCRAFT SUPPRESSION ACT

Ord. 14/1899, Acts 18/1989 (s. 11), 22/2001.

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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Punishment for imputation of witchcraft.

4. Punishment for imputation of witchcraft by habitual or reputed witchdoctor or witch-finder.

5. Punishment for employing witch-doctor or witch-finder.

6. Punishment for witch-doctor or witch-finder practising witchcraft or supplying witchcraft materials.

7. Punishment for applying means or processes of witchcraft for the injury of persons or property.

8. Punishment for the naming or indicating of thieves by witchcraft or charms 9. Money received as payment or received for practice of witchcraft, shall be

deemed to have been received by fraud, and punishment for such fraud AN ACT to suppress the practice of pretended witchcraft.

[Date of commencement: 18th August, 1899.]

1 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Witchcraft Suppression Act [Chapter 9:19].

2 Interpretation

In this Act-

"witchcraft" includes the "throwing of bones", the use of charms and any other means or devices adopted in the practice of sorcery. 3 Punishment for imputation of witchcraft

Any person who imputes to any other person the use of non-natural means in causing any disease in any person or animal or in causing any injury to any person or property, that is to say, who names or indicates any other person as being a wizard or witch shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level six or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

[amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002]

4 Punishment for imputation of witchcraft by habitual or reputed witch-doctor or witch-finder

Any person who, having named and indicated any other person as a wizard or witch as provided in section three, is proved at his trial under section three to be by habit and repute a witch-doctor or witch-finder shall be liable, in lieu of the punishment provided by section three, to a fine not exceeding level seven or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

[amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002]

5 Punishment for employing witch-doctor or witch-finder

Any person who employs or solicits any other person-

(a) to name or indicate any other person as a wizard or witch; or

(b) to name or indicate by means of witchcraft or by the application of any of the tests mentioned in paragraph (b) of section eight or by the use of any nonnatural means any person as the perpetrator of any alleged crime or other act complained of; or

(c) to advise him or any other person how, by means of witchcraft or by any non-natural means whatsoever, the perpetrator of any alleged crime or other act complained of may be discovered; shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level four. [amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002]

6 Punishment for witch-doctor or witch-finder practising witchcraft or supplying witchcraft materials

Any person who, professing a knowledge of so-called witchcraft or of the use of charms, either as witch-doctor or witch-finder, advises or undertakes to advise any person applying to him how to bewitch or injure any other person or any property, including animals, and any person who supplies any other person with the pretended means of witchcraft, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level seven or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

[amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002]

7 Punishment for applying means or processes of witchcraft for the injury of persons or property

Any person who, on the advice of a witch-doctor or witch-finder or any person pretending to the knowledge of witchcraft or the use of charms, or in the exercise of any pretended knowledge of witchcraft or of the use of charms, uses or causes to be put into operation such means or processes as he may have been advised or may believe to be calculated to injure any other person or any property, including animals, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level seven or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

[amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002]

8 Punishment for the naming or indicating of thieves by witchcraft or charms Any person who-

(a) by the exercise of any witchcraft, conjuration, use of charms or other unnatural means, pretends to discover where or in what manner any property supposed or alleged to have been stolen or lost may be found or to name or indicate any person as a thief or perpetrator of any crime or any other act complained of; or (b) in the pretence of discovering whether or not any other person has committed any crime or any other act complained of, applies or advises the application or causes to be applied to such person the "boiling water test", that is to say, the dipping by such other person of any of his limbs or portion of his body into boiling water, whether such dipping is voluntary or compelled, or administers or advises or causes the administration of, to such other person, with or without his consent, any emetic or purgative;

shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level seven or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding four years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

[amended by Act 22 of 2001, with effect from the 10th September, 2002]

9 Money received as payment or received for practice of witchcraft, shall be deemed to have been received by fraud, and punishment for such fraud

Any money, animal or other thing received by any person by way of payment or reward for or in respect of-

(a) any exercise or pretended exercise of so-called witchcraft or of the use of charms; or

(b) advising any person as to any mode or method of bewitching or injuring, by non-natural means, any other person or property, including animals; or (c) indicating any person who by non-natural means is supposed to have bewitched or injured any other person or any property, including animals; or (d) the performance of any of the acts mentioned in section eight; shall be deemed to have been obtained by fraud, and the person so receiving such money, animal or other thing shall be liable to be prosecuted for fraud and to suffer such punishment as is by law provided for that offence.

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