Nyau dancer at­tacks on­look­ers

The Manica Post - - The Weekend - Tendai Guku­tikwa Week­ender Correspondent

A MALE mem­ber of the Nyau cult was ar­rested last week af­ter he as­saulted an on­looker as he to­gether with other mem­bers per­formed Chig­ure dances in the high den­sity suburb of Pen­ha­longa.

Mut­sikwi Mak­warak­wara (29) ad­mit­ted to the as­sault charges when he ap­peared be­fore Mutare pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate, Mrs Sekai Chi­un­dura on Tues­day.

Mak­warak­wara did not show re­morse on com­mit­ting the as­sault, rather he jus­ti­fied him­self by claim­ing that he was only fol­low­ing his tra­di­tional pro­to­col as a Nyau cult mem­ber. He told the court that if an on­looker stoned the Nyau dancers, well known as Zvig­ure, one had to be flogged with a stick to pre­vent evil spir­its from fol­low­ing them.

“Your Wor­ship, if I had not flogged her, evil spir­its would have trou­bled her all the days of her life. In ac­tual fact, I was cleans­ing her be­cause she had been cursed au­to­mat­i­cally when she threw stones at us. It is our tra­di­tion that we flog any­body who stones us while in ac­tion for their own good.

“In fact, she should have thanked me for flog­ging her and not have me ar­rested. I did her good,” he told the court.

He was or­dered to pay $100 in fines or risk 60 days im­pris­on­ment, he was not given time to pay.

Mr Fletcher Karombe rep­re­sented the State.

The State out­line was that on De­cem­ber 10, and in Old West Lo­ca­tion, Prim­rose Sameke was at her neigh­bour’s place when she heard some noise com­ing from the Nyau cult mem­bers who were per­form­ing their rit­u­als. She no­ticed that her child was go­ing the same di­rec­tion as the Nyau dancers and rushed to col­lect him.

It is al­leged Muk­warak­wara no­ticed what was hap­pen­ing and left his cult mem­bers danc­ing and ran af­ter Sameke. When he caught up with her, he as­saulted her with a wooden stick sev­eral times on her thighs and left.

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