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.