Satanism rocks Chi­man­i­mani school

The Manica Post - - Local News - Wim­bainashe Zhakata Post Reporter

LEARN­ING came to a stand­still at Ton­ho­rai Pri­mary School in Chi­man­i­mani as par­ents protested against a teacher whom they ac­cused of lur­ing and ini­ti­at­ing pupils into al­leged Satanism.

The ri­otous vil­lagers were last Mon­day chant­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary songs as they bar­ri­caded the school en­trance. The in­ci­dent came barely three weeks af­ter a sim­i­lar one at the nearby Nyanyadzi High School which was trig­gered by the sud­den ill­ness of a stu­dent re­lated to a teacher at the school. The mys­te­ri­ous ail­ment prompted the vic­tim’s rel­a­tives and vil­lagers to con­sult a tra­di­tional healer that pointed an ac­cus­ing fin­ger at the fe­male teacher at the school.

Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Mr Ed­ward Shumba con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way.

“I haven’t re­ceived the of­fi­cial re­port as yet and there are peo­ple on the ground look­ing into the mat­ter, but all I can say is that Satanism is some­thing that we do not tol­er­ate in our schools. Th­ese peo­ple who are per­pe­trat­ing Satanism in schools are de­stroy­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of the na­tion. We do not tol­er­ate such be­hav­iour in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” he said.

The Man­ica Post es­tab­lished that a teacher at Ton­ho­rai (name with­held) has al­legedly ap­peared count­less times in the dreams of a Grade Five stu­dent, in­struct­ing her to col­lect mag­gots. The sus­pect would also ask the vic­tim child to visit mys­te­ri­ous places in the spir­i­tual world, it is al­leged. The child would al­legedly mum­ble mean­ing­less words while dream­ing. The stu­dent was al­legedly vom­it­ing in­ces­santly re­cently.

Chi­man­i­mani Ru­ral District Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Clr Itai Chimhete said the par­ents who had demon­strated were later at­tacked by thugs hired by the teacher.

The sit­u­a­tion, he said, was tense. “Po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing those from the Sup­port Unit were called in to make sure there was peace. Par­ents de­manded that the teacher be re­moved from the school, but the head­mas­ter Mr Cain­osi Ny­oni re­fused to co-op­er­ate be­cause he has no such pow­ers. He said it was not part of his duty to do that,” said Clr Chimhete.

It is un­der­stood that the mat­ter was re­ported to Head­man Gudyanga.

“Peo­ple got fu­ri­ous and protested that the teacher in ques­tion should leave the school. She be­came ar­ro­gant, and sum­moned a gang of thugs to am­bush the vil­lagers who had protested against her,” said Clr Chimhete.

Mr Joshua Si­gauke (20) was one of the gang’s vic­tims.

“We were asked to gather at the school by the lo­cal tra­di­tional leader as the af­fected child nar­rated her sad or­deal and dreams con­cern­ing the teacher. Af­ter the protest we went to the bar to watch a soc­cer game, and then a gang of thugs was un­leashed on us by the teacher’s rel­a­tives. They or­dered us to evac­u­ate the bar. The y were seven men and one of them am­bushed us and way­laid True­man. They took him to the teacher’s house where they se­ri­ously beat him. He sus­tained bruises on his up­per body,” said Mr Si­gauke.

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