‘Men of God’ in court for murder PROPHETS ‘KILL, ROB’ TOP COP Man bites off piece of gay inyanga’s tongue
TWO self-proclaimed Bulawayo prophets allegedly ganged up and strangled their client, a police Assistant Inspector, in a bushy area where they had taken him to “cleanse him of evil spirits” before robbing him of a car, $200, a laptop and two smart phones, a High Court judge heard yesterday.
Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Francis Bere heard this when Patrick Matikiti (26) of Sauerstown and Assurance Moyo (23) of Lobengula West appeared before him charged with the murder of Nhlalo Ndlovu in December 2014.
The pair allegedly robbed him of $200, a laptop, two smart phones and his car, a Toyota Noah which they later sold in Harare.
Prosecuting, Ms Nokuthaba Ngwenya said on December 10, 2014, shortly after 6.30PM, Matikiti and Moyo were approached by Ndlovu who sought to be cleansed of evil spirits that were allegedly haunting him.
Ndlovu had just arrived from Lupane where he was studying midwifery at St Luke’s Hospital.
Ms Ngwenya said Matikiti and Moyo, who already had information that Ndlovu was carrying cash and some valuables in his car, hatched a plan to rob him of his belongings.
“Matikiti and Moyo then asked Ndlovu to drive to Khami Dam where upon arrival they disembarked before they led him to a nearby bush where they purportedly intended to conduct a cleansing ceremony to drive away the evil spirits,” she said.
Ms Ngwenya said the two men manhandled the cop and choked him using a piece of cloth from their garments.
She said they robbed him of $200, a Toshiba laptop, two smart phones, his police ID card and car and left his body in the bush. The two drove to Harare where they sold the car.
Ms Ngwenya said the arrest of the two men follows crime scene evidence generated from samples taken from Ndlovu’s remains which were discovered near Khami Dam.
The arrest was based on a strong suspicion following a report by relatives that Ndlovu was last seen when he visited Matikiti’s home for consultation.
Ndlovu’s bone, tooth and toothbrush were taken to the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Applied Genetic Testing Centre for DNA profiling and the samples matched the police officer’s identity after another paternity test was conducted on the cop’s son and sister. A CROSS-DRESSING inyanga lost a piece of his tongue when his partner bit it off in anger after discovering that he was a man.
The suspected gay man, Meluleki Moyo (28) of Mathole village in Tsholotsho District, is a known practising traditional healer.
His partner, Bheki Luphahla of Mbute Line in the same district, whom he had recently met at a bar, allegedly got angry after patrons told him the person he had been kissing was a man.
The incident occurred at a bar at Tsholotsho Business Centre in the wee hours of Monday morning.
A witness who was drinking at the bar said Luphahla approached Moyo who has female mannerisms and dresses like a woman.
“Something brewed between the two as they were seen sharing beer and kissing.
“We all know Meluleki is a man who behaves and dresses like a woman but as for Bheki, we don’t know what got into him. We thought he had had too much beer when we saw him getting too close to the suspected gay man.”
“Later, we saw the two getting cosy and as if that wasn’t enough, we saw them kissing passionately,” said the source.
Another source said Moyo frequents the bar and is known for his gay tendencies.
“Someone who doesn’t know the traditional healer very well would mistake him for a woman. Having had one too many, Luphahla mistook Moyo for a woman and the two got cosy.
“When Luphahla returned to his friends they laughed at him and teased him for kissing another man.”
The source said Luphahla blew his top and threatened to deal with the inyanga.
“Luphahla told us he wanted to beat the gay behaviour out of him. He immediately approached Moyo and pretended to be continuing what they had started earlier.
“The two resumed kissing and touching and suddenly we heard Moyo screaming. Blood was oozing from his mouth. Luphahla had bitten off the tip of his tongue,” he said.
Moyo was rushed to Tsholotsho District Hospital where he is admitted and Luphahla was arrested.
Moyo told nurses that he accidentally bit off his tongue when he stumbled and fell.
Luphahla was supposed to appear in court yesterday but the matter was postponed to a later date because Moyo’s medical records were not available.—@winnie_masara.
Patrick Matikiti and Assurance Moyo
Tsholotsho District Hospital