Mombasa residents were Wednesday morning treated to a spectacle when two suspected car thieves put on quite the show.
Believed to be the victims of some ‘strong medicine’ in the form of black magic set on them by the owner of the vehicle they are suspected of stealing, the men stripped naked and began bathing in a pool of mud.
They then proceeded to dance around the vehicle in their nakedness with a snake wrapped around the neck of one of the two gentlemen as though it were a scarf.
The two allegedly stole a Nissan Fuga and were driving it towards Bamburi Mtambo from Bamburi Mwisho.
They would later mysteriously stop the car, park it outside a clinic, got out, undressed and started bathing in a nearby pool of muddy water.
“They were saying it was so hot and they needed a bath,” said an eyewitness.
A snake was allegedly following them.
The two suspected car thieves, however, picked up the snake and started speaking to it.
They danced with it as if they were having a conversation, according to residents.
They took turns carrying the snake around their neck.
Some said they recognized the car, which they said belonged to a man living near Anwarali, in Kisauni constituency.
Some eyewitnesses said the two will only be “released” after the car owner arrives at the scene.
Hundreds of curious onlookers milled around them.
Police, who arrived later, had a hard time controlling the crowd.
The incident caused a massive traffic snarl-up as onlookers tried to get a glimpse of the two.
Not even the police could do something. They watched on as they struggled to control the huge crowd that had blocked the road in anticipation. When the owner came, he confirmed it was his car and allowed police to drag the thieves to the nearest police station.
Here is the incident as captured on amateur cameras: