The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 24, 1991 — A Tra­di­tional healer, Cde Mak­wiramiti, who last month caused a stir in Mhon­doro com­mu­nal lands with his cleans­ing cer­e­monies, has started a sim­i­lar ex­er­cise in Gokwe North.

Cde Mak­wiramiti is re­ported to be con­duct­ing the cleans­ing rit­u­als with the con­cur­rence of lo­cal chiefs.

Cde Mak­wiramiti, bet­ter known as Gau­rani, has con­ducted the cleans­ing cer­e­monies in the Sim­chembu area of Gokwe North.

The ex­er­cise in­volves group­ing peo­ple in one place and then mak­ing in­ci­sions on their chests, necks, hands and legs and there­after giv­ing them a her­bal con­coc­tion called “muteyo’’ to drink.

The peo­ple who take the her­bal con­coc­tion are sup­posed to vomit and those who fail to do so are la­belled as witches.

The cer­e­monies have dis­rupted nor­mal life in the area and last week an anti-malaria spray­ing team had to post­pone the spray­ing of huts in sev­eral vil­lages be­cause the peo­ple were away at­tend­ing the cleans­ing cer­e­monies.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for the spray­ing team, about five vil­lages in the area were vir­tu­ally de­serted.

Po­lice in Gokwe said they had launched a hunt for Cde Mak­wiramiti in a bid to stop the witch-hunt­ing rit­u­als.

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