Tsika­mu­tanda nailed over witch­craft ac­cu­sa­tions

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

A 44-YEAR-OLD tsika­mu­tanda from Buhera was on Mon­day fined $100 or 20 days in jail for ac­cus­ing two vil­lagers of be­ing witches.

Fainas Mutetwa, of Nechis­hanye vil­lage, un­der Chief Chamutsa, Buhera ap­peared be­fore Chipinge mag­is­trate Mr Poterai Gwezhira fac­ing charges of in­di­cat­ing a witch as de­fined in Sec­tion 99 of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cordi­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act Chap­ter 9:23. He was con­victed on his own plea of guilty.

Prose­cu­tor Mr Wit­ness Nya­mun­daya told the court that on an un­known date in Jan­uary this year, Mutetwa, a self-con­fessed tsika­mu­tanda, was sum­moned by Chief Chamutsa’s mes­sen­ger Weeds Neshumba, to ex­or­cise evil spir­its that were al­legedly be­dev­illing the com­plainants in the mat­ter - Love­ness Taaringana (68) and Agatha Nyangera (68), both of Taan­gira vil­lage in Ma­henye, Chipinge.

“The ac­cused pur­ported to be pos­sessed by the spirit of the late Me­la­nia Magu­ruta and then ac­cused Love­ness Taan­gira and Agatha Nyengera of be­ing witches who through the use of non-nat­u­ral means caused her death (Me­la­nia Magu­ruta),” he said.

Mr Nya­mun­daya said the ac­cused pur­port­edly dug out a small bot­tle from the door step of a gra­nary be­long­ing to one of the com­plainants, claim­ing it con­tained a con­coc­tion that was used to elim­i­nate the late Ma­garuta.

“He then burnt down the con­coc­tion and went on to de­mand $500, which was not paid.

“The com­plainants were then dragged to Chief Chamutsa’s court where they were charged of be­ing witches. The tra­di­tional court based its case on the ac­cu­sa­tions by tsika­mu­tanda.

“The tra­di­tional court ac­cused the pair of caus­ing the death of the late Magu­ruta.

“The court or­dered the two com­plainants to pay three cat­tle and $580, but they re­fused and re­ported the mat­ter to po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of the ac­cused,” he added.

Mag­is­trate Gwezhira fined him $100 or 20 days in im­pris­on­ment.

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