Gob­lins force teach­ers to flee school Fe­male teach­ers wak­ing up with male underwear Pupil dies after tripped by loaf of bread

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Love­ness Mpofu Sun­day News Re­porter

FOUR fe­male teach­ers have left Go­hole II Pri­mary School in Kezi, Mata­bele­land South this term after com­plain­ing that they were be­ing sex­u­ally ter­rorised by sus­pected gob­lins re­sult­ing in them wak­ing up with se­men on their bod­ies and wear­ing male underwear.

Even the re­main­ing teach­ers are now so scared and have re­ported that the sus­pected gob­lins were also tar­get­ing male teach­ers who have re­ported wak­ing up wear­ing fe­male underwear. Sun­day News vis­ited the school last week where of­fi­cials con­firmed that more teach­ers were con­tem­plat­ing leav­ing the in­sti­tu­tion.

School De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Mr Eleck Sibanda said the four fe­male teach­ers wrote let­ters to the par­ents’ body de­tail­ing the har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence they had ex­pe­ri­enced at the school. He said even some school­child­ren have also com­plained over the mat­ter.

“We are very con­cerned about the well-be­ing of this school. Four fe­male teach­ers have left this term after com­plain­ing that gob­lins were abus­ing them. We have de­vel­oped the school so much and it would be sad if it is closed be­cause of this mat­ter. A so­lu­tion must be found soon be­fore all the teach­ers leave,” he said.

Sun­day News also at­tended a meet­ing which was called by Chief Nyanga­zonke and par­ents to ad­dress the mat­ter. Vil­lagers said teach­ers have said they were only stay­ing at the school be­cause they were fail­ing to get trans­fers. The par­ents said they feared more teach­ers will leave and this will in turn af­fect the chil­dren.

Mr Hlan­ganani Moyo, a vil­lager from Qinisela Vil­lage said: “It pains us a lot to see our chil­dren go­ing to school to play be­cause teach­ers have left. If noth­ing is done, our chil­dren will end up stay­ing at home.”

An­other vil­lager con­curred with Mr Moyo sug­gest­ing that a cleans­ing cer­e­mony must be car­ried out to deal with the mat­ter. He even al­leged that some chil­dren from the area have died mys­te­ri­ously and they sus­pect it was linked to the gob­lins.

“Our chil­dren are not safe and so far we have lost three chil­dren. Last year a boy from Bha­lagwe died on his way from school after be­ing struck by a stone from nowhere. When he was taken to the hos­pi­tal the doc­tors said it was pneu­mo­nia. Chil­dren at the school are be­ing hit with bread which they can’t tell where it is com­ing from. Two months back, a child from eGag­wini died days later after he told his par­ents he got sick after he was tripped by a loaf of bread while an­other died in a well which is not even deep,” said Mr Mark Nkomo.

The con­cerned vil­lagers said the gob­lins were not only af­fect­ing the school but the whole com­mu­nity.

They said the gob­lins were al­legedly sleep­ing with women and girls from sur­round­ing vil­lages. Some said they were find­ing their mealie-meal gone in the morn­ing.

Mrs Theodora Ncube said: “I’m not ashamed to tell ev­ery­one here what the gob­lins are do­ing to me. My hus­band died, but I wake up hav­ing signs that I was with a man at night. I sleep alone in my room but in the morn­ing I will be with a man be­side me. I can’t even have an­other hus­band be­cause the goblin chases them away. I have even gone to spir­i­tual heal­ers and they have con­firmed that I’m be­ing made to sleep with a goblin.”

The vil­lagers ap­pealed to the chief to or­gan­ise a cleans­ing cer­e­mony.

“We ask the chief to do some­thing. How­ever, we hope he will en­gage gen­uine tra­di­tional heal­ers, not those who come to cause dis­unity among us,” said Ms Nko­sizile Ma­suku.

Chief Nyanga­zonke said the in­ci­dences were dis­turb­ing.

“I’m hurt by peo­ple who bring such evil acts into the com­mu­nity. There is no re­spect for hu­man life. We are talk­ing about our own peo­ple and some of them are our moth­ers. An­other woman said her child had to leave for South Africa to es­cape from the gob­lins. Even ed­u­ca­tion is de­railed in such in­stances,” said he said.

Chief Nyanga­zonke as­sured vil­lagers that he will con­sult other chiefs to find a so­lu­tion.

“We might say we are solv­ing this yet we might cause more harm. We need to be cau­tious of fake tra­di­tional heal­ers who might end up caus­ing ha­tred among vil­lagers. I will con­sult other chiefs to as­sist in find­ing a gen­uine tra­di­tional healer,” said the chief.

Mata­bele­land South Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor Mr Li­fias Ma­sukume said he has not yet re­ceived the report.

“I’m cur­rently not work­ing from the of­fice and I haven’t heard about the sit­u­a­tion at the school. We will, how­ever, find out what is go­ing on at the school,” he said.

Go­hole Pri­mary School SDC chair­man stresses a point to Chief Nyanga­zonke (right) dur­ing a meet­ing to dis­cuss the plight of teach­ers at the school

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