Chiefs clash over

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

TSHOLOT­SHO chiefs have clashed over self­pro­claimed witch-doc­tors, also known as tsika­mu­tan­das, who are al­legedly caus­ing havoc in the district.

The tsika­mu­tan­das al­legedly ac­cuse vil­lagers of prac­tis­ing witch­craft and force them to pay in live­stock to be cleansed.

They al­legedly go on to sell the cat­tle to busi­ness­peo­ple — who are sus­pected to be their part­ners — for as lit­tle as $100 per beast yet on av­er­age one an­i­mal fetches as much as $400.

Mata­bele­land North Sen­a­tor, Chief Gampu, said he is against witch-hunt­ing in his area and warned head­men and vil­lage heads against invit­ing them.

He said he has names of busi­ness­peo­ple and some Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who are tak­ing ad­van­tage of gullible vil­lagers and threat­ened to name and shame them to end the ac­tiv­ity.

The chief said vil­lagers have pe­ti­tioned him de­mand­ing the re­moval of “the day­light rob­bers” from the district.

“It is re­ported that they are de­mand­ing live­stock and other prop­erty from vil­lagers whom they ac­cuse of prac­tis­ing witch­craft.

“It is al­leged that they are in turn, sell­ing those cat­tle for as lit­tle as $150 to busi­ness peo­ple at Tsholot­sho Busi­ness Cen­tre,” said the chief.

“I have since en­gaged po­lice and hu­man rights of­fi­cials to help the des­per­ate com­mu­nity. When I sum­moned Chief Magama, in whose area of ju­ris­dic­tion the prac­tice has in­ten­si­fied, he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing in­vited them into his wards for cleans­ing pur­poses. He said it was a nor­mal tra­di­tional prac­tice,” he said.

Chief Gampu said in­di­cat­ing that some­one was a witch or wizard is un­law­ful.

“Be­sides swin­dling peo­ple, they are cre­at­ing ha­tred among vil­lagers, re­sult­ing in vi­o­lence. Vil­lagers have

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