Mur­der charge for ‘prophet’ af­ter de­mon ex­or­cism turns fa­tal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A GOKWE prophet has ap­peared in court fac­ing mur­der charges af­ter he al­legedly gave a Bulil­ima woman a con­coc­tion sup­pos­edly to ex­or­cise de­mons but it proved to be fa­tally toxic.

Luke Rusere (40) of the Great House of Grace Apos­tolic Church mixed an aloe plant, cook­ing oil and milk which he gave to Mrs Ketty Moyo and her hus­band Mr Li­nos Moyo on Mon­day.

The cou­ple ex­pe­ri­enced stom­ach pains which re­sulted in Mrs Moyo’s death.

Rusere ap­peared on ini­tial re­mand be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Gideon Ru­vetsa, fac­ing mur­der charges on Fri­day.

He was re­manded in cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 21.

Mr Ru­vetsa ad­vised Rusere to ap­ply for bail at the High Court.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Elisha Ma­zorodze said the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 3.

“Rusere who is a prophet in Gokwe vis­ited his sis­ter, Mrs Gertrude Sibanda who stays in Nswazi area in Bulil­ima and in­di­cated that he wanted to open a church branch in the area.

“Mrs Moyo and her hus­band at­tended the new church on 2 Oc­to­ber where Rusere proph­e­sied that they needed cleans­ing as they were be­ing haunted by evil spir­its,” he said.

Mr Ma­zorodze said af­ter the church ser­vice, Rusere vis­ited the cou­ple’s homestead to con­duct a cleans­ing cer­e­mony overnight.

He said the fol­low­ing morn­ing, Rusere pre­pared a con­coc­tion — a mix­ture of cook­ing oil, fresh milk and a crushed aloe plant leaf.

Mr Ma­zorodze said Rusere gave Mrs Moyo and her hus­band 300 ml each of the con­coc­tion to drink to cleanse their stom­achs.

“A few min­utes later they started feel­ing stom­ach pains and Mr Moyo vom­ited the con­coc­tion but his wife didn’t. She was rushed to Mad­lam­buzi Clinic for treat­ment but she died on the same day at around 2PM,” he said.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice re­sult­ing in Rusere’s ar­rest.

Rusere, who tried to ex­plain the in­ci­dent in court, said he gave Mrs Moyo the con­coc­tion with the in­ten­tion to heal her and not to harm her.

He said he had once con­sumed the con­coc­tion him­self but it did not harm him. — @DubeMatutu.

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