Grannies in court for witch­craft

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Andile Tshuma Court Reporter

TWO grannies, in their late sev­en­ties, nearly ex­changed blows at the West­ern Com­mon­age set-down of­fice in Bu­l­awayo when they traded ac­cu­sa­tions over witch­craft yes­ter­day.

Miriam Mpofu (76) ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Stephen Ndhlovu charged with in­di­cat­ing a wiz­ard. She al­legedly ac­cused her neigh­bour, Ms Eve Muzwaba (79), of be­ing a witch.

One of the el­derly women was walk­ing with the aid of a crutch and the other was us­ing a walk­ing stick.

Mpofu pleaded not guilty and Mag­is­trate Ndhlovu re­manded her out of cus­tody to to­day.

For the state, Mr Ken­neth Shava said the two women have not been on talk­ing terms for over 15 years as their feud dates back to the year 2000.

He said Mpofu ac­cused Ms Muzwaba of witch­craft by in­di­cat­ing that she had used non-nat­u­ral means to cause the death of her own hus­band and two chil­dren.

Mr Shava said the grannies stopped speak­ing to each other in 2000 af­ter Ms Muzwaba con­fronted Mpofu say­ing ever since she had told her that she was see­ing un­usual fae­ces in her veg­etable bed, she was hav­ing prob­lems at her house. He said on July 16 this year in Gwa­ba­landa at around 2PM, Mpofu went to Ms Muzwaba’s house and ac­cused her of be­ing a witch.

“The ac­cused per­son said, ‘You are a witch who was beaten by her own goblins, the hyena that you were rid­ing dropped you on the way be­fore you reached your desti­na­tion. You also killed your hus­band and your chil­dren,” said Mr Shava. — @andile_t­shuma

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