‘Men of God’ in court for mur­der PROPHETS ‘KILL, ROB’ TOP COP Man bites off piece of gay in­yanga’s tongue

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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

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