Kenya witch doctor predicts victory for Obama in tomorrow’s election

By IndepthAfrica
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Nov 5th, 2012
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Most Americans have yet to cast their ballot for tomorrow’s election but a witch doctor in President Barack Obama’s ancestral village already knows who’ll be victorious.

‘Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win,’ John Dimo declared today, pointing to a white shell lying among bones and other artefacts in front of his hut in Kogelo village.

It’s not a surprising result in Kogelo, Obama’s late father’s hometown in western Kenya, where most expect the President to win out over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Victory: Kenyan witch-doctor John Dimo, pictured, interprets the result after throwing shells, bones, and other magic items to predict the outcome of the U.S. electionVictory: Kenyan witch-doctor John Dimo, pictured, interprets the result after throwing shells, bones, and other magic items to predict the outcome of the U.S. election

Pollsters in the U.S. are using interviews, statistical analysis and the technology to predict the outcome of the election, which is expected to be neck-and-neck, in America.

But Mr Dimo, who inherited the work from his father in 1962, is confident of his traditional methods and claimed the result would go in Obama’s favor.

A former army officer, Mr Dimo uses mystical artefacts he says represent President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney as he performs an ancient rite to predict the outcome at the polls.

Village: The Kogelo village, Nyangoma Kogelo, is 367 miles west of Kenya's capital NairobiVillage: The Kogelo village, Nyangoma Kogelo, is 367 miles west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi

 

Father: Dimo says he knew Obama's father who was buried in the village in 1982Father: Dimo says he knew Obama’s father who was buried in the village in 1982

Ancestral village: Dimo lives in the village of Kogelo, from where President Barack Obama's late father came from Ancestral village: Dimo lives in the village of Kogelo, from where President Barack Obama’s late father came from

 

The elderly witch doctor claims he knew Obama’s father who was buried in the village, which is 367 miles west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, in 1982.

Obama is the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya and has five Kenyan half-brothers and a half-sister.

Half-brother Malik Obama said on Sunday the family sees no reason why Obama shouldn’t be elected for a second term.

Prediction: The Kenyan witch-doctor, who claims to be 105 years old, throws shells, bones, and other magic items

Prediction: The Kenyan witch-doctor, who claims to be 105 years old, throws shells, bones, and other magic items

 

 

Celebrations: Four years ago, Kogelo, and Africa in general, celebrated with noisy gusto when Obama became the first African-American president Celebrations: Four years ago, Kogelo, and Africa in general, celebrated with noisy gusto when Obama became the first African-American president

Objects: John Dimo, a traditional witch-doctor, holds up mystical objects he says represents U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney as he performs an ancient rite to predict the outcome of the electionsObjects: John Dimo, a traditional witch-doctor, holds up mystical objects he says represents U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney as he performs an ancient rite to predict the outcome of the elections

 

He was speaking during a sports tournament he organises every year in honor of their late father, Barack Obama Sr.

Other villagers in Kogelo, where a street, ‘Mama Sarah Obama road,’ is named after the President’s step-grandmother Sarah and a local school also bares the Obama name, were preparing to celebrate.

Four years ago, residents of the scattered hamlet of tin-roofed homes, and Africa in general, cheered with noisy gusto when Obama became the first African-American to be elected president of the United States.

Ancestors: A woman walks along Mama Sarah Obama road, named after US President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah, in Kogelo a day before US electionsAncestors: A woman walks along Mama Sarah Obama road, named after US President Barack Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah, in Kogelo a day before US elections

 

Support: Street sign maker Salmon Jackoyo, 32, puts the finishing touches to a hat painted with the flags of the USA and KenyaSupport: Street sign maker Salmon Jackoyo, 32, puts the finishing touches to a hat painted with the flags of the USA and Kenya

 

School children: Students stand outside their classes during recess on November 5, 2012 at the Obama-Kogelo primary school in the western Kenyan hamlet of Kogelo

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