Cursed coconut upsets Maldives presidential election
“THE police brought a ‘ruqyah’ practitioner (white magician) to examine the coconut,” says a policeman on Guraidhoo Island, Maldives, where a suspicious ‘kihah’ (immature coconut) had been spotted close to the presidential election polling station in Kaafu Atoll.
“Neighbors supporting President Mohamed Waheed’s Gaumee Ihthihad Party (GIP) live in the area, so they heard about the fanditha coconut and wanted to create problems, so they contacted the police. MDP and PPM have been running strong campaigns and have many supporters in the area, however GIP only has about 15 members. Since GIP has very few supporters, they are trying to redirect attention away from the other political parties to gain votes,” alleged the source. “GIP has told PPM that MDP planted the fanditha coconut, however they are telling MDP that PPM is responsible. Neighbors a few houses away were awake around 3:00am that night and did not notice any suspicious activity,”
“Because it’s a fake the police are not worried. The four-inch coconut had a Sura [Qur’anic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” said another source on Guraidhoo Island. “When school students saw the coconut they called the principal, who then contacted the police. It was not really ‘fanditha’ (black magic) on the coconut. If it was fanditha, there would have been Arabic letters and numbers written, not a Sura. It seems like it was a joke, just a prank, so that people will become aware, learn the moral, and not do it again. The coconut is a lesson for islanders not to practice black magic in an attempt to influence voting, and that the polling area would be closely monitored to prevent such activities from occurring. Now the police and school officials are more aware and police are patrolling the school at night, so magicians can’t practice real black magic at the school.”