Tsika­mu­tan­das

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re­ported to me that they are tired of these peo­ple and they don’t want to see them any­more.

“This group of men who came from out of our prov­ince, claim to be in the district on in­vi­ta­tion by some Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials such as the heads of po­lice, courts and other tra­di­tional lead­ers,” he said.

Chief Gampu said he had re­ported the mat­ter to po­lice at lo­cal and district level and was pre­pared to take it up to pro­vin­cial level if no cor­rec­tive mea­sures were taken.

“It was even raised and dis­cussed on Thurs­day at a Chief Coun­cil’s meet­ing that was held in Gweru. Chiefs agreed that tsika­mu­tan­das should be banned in Zim­babwe,” said Chief Gampu.

Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cde Cain Math­ema said witch-hunt­ing di­vided com­mu­ni­ties as it caused mis­un­der­stand­ings among the peo­ple. He said many of the witch-hunters were char­la­tans out to steal peo­ple’s money and live­stock.

“I have said this be­fore and I will con­tinue to say it, these peo­ple only bring dishar­mony into our com­mu­ni­ties. They work with a few un­scrupu­lous com­mu­nity lead­ers.

“In my view, they should be to­tally banned from so­ci­ety, but then, our so­ci­ety tends to be­lieve that all black peo­ple are witches and wizards. This is Rhode­sian so­cio-psy­cho­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion among blacks to hate them­selves and each other and it should come to an end,” said the min­is­ter.

Vil­lagers told The Chron­i­cle tsika­mu­tan­das to re­sist them.

“We are be­ing forced to at­tend the tsika­mu­tan­das’ witch-hunt­ing cer­e­monies by our lo­cal lead­ers. I lost two cat­tle, while my neigh­bour lost his big­gest ox and two don­keys af­ter we were ac­cused of pos­sess­ing gob­lins.

“Our cat­tle are then sold for as lit­tle as $100 to $150, which is day­light rob­bery but as vil­lagers, we have no choice but to oblige,” said the vil­lager who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity. — @win­nie_­masara they were too afraid of

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