Satanism scare at Minda

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

SUS­PECTED satanism cases have rocked one of Mata­bele­land South’s pres­ti­gious board­ing schools, Minda Girls High at Maphisa Growth Point in Kezi with re­ports that more than 60 pupils have al­legedly been hos­pi­talised since the be­gin­ning of the third term with mys­te­ri­ous ail­ments.

The lat­est case which oc­curred a cou­ple of weeks ago saw a Form Four pupil be­ing ad­mit­ted to the United Bu­l­awayo Hospi­tals af­ter col­laps­ing and sub­se­quently los­ing her eye­sight.

The pupil (name sup­plied) missed her ex­am­i­na­tions as a re­sult of the ill­ness. Sources at the school al­leged the pupil col­lapsed af­ter be­ing mys­te­ri­ously gazed at by a Form One pupil.

Some of the pupils have also al­legedly re­ported to school au­thor­i­ties that they had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing night­mares.

The sources fur­ther re­vealed that early this year an Up­per Sixth pupil was forced to trans­fer from the school af­ter other pupils teamed up ac­cus­ing her of sa­tanic be­hav­iour.

The pupils are re­ported to have been putting coarse salt around her bed ev­ery night. Coarse salt is usu­ally used to scare aware evil spir­its.

Sun­day News man­aged to trace the mother of the lat­est vic­tim of the al­leged satanism at­tack who ex­pressed ou­trage at the con­duct of the school au­thor­i­ties who she ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to sweep the matter un­der the car­pet.

“I am so much dis­turbed as my daugh­ter is sup­posed to be writ­ing ex­ams like any other Form Four pupil but she is ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal fight­ing for her eye­sight and life.

“I am pray­ing that she gets bet­ter as the doc­tors are say­ing she had in­ter­nal bleed­ing of which they can­not tell where the bleed­ing is hap­pen­ing. From what my daugh­ter said this girl has been in­volved in some dis­turb­ing scenes but the school could not ex­pel or dis­ci­pline her,” she said

The pupil also gave her ac­count of events lead­ing to her col­laps­ing and even­tu­ally los­ing her eye­sight. She re­vealed that ever since she be­friended the Form One pupil, she had been see­ing her in dreams on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

“When we be­came close, she asked me to join their club, she told me that there are many dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties done by dif­fer­ent mem­bers of the club, and she said I would see these var­ied ac­tiv­i­ties once I am a mem­ber of their club.

“Since that day I started dream­ing scary and weird dreams whereby the girl would come, wake me up say­ing re­hearsals’.

“Dur­ing one of those dreams, she took me to a place where there were a num­ber of pupils from school.

“They were all wear­ing some hats, it is then that I re­alised that in­side these hats they had snakes, I started to scream in the dream, un­til my dor­mi­tory mates woke me up.

“Since that day I never saw the girl un­til the day I col­lapsed when she ap­proached me, threat­en­ing me that I would not fin­ish what I had started, she looked at me and rolled her eyes and I fainted. I don’t re­mem­ber much from that day save for the fact that when I woke up I was now blind,” said the girl.

Sun­day News also in­ter­viewed some par­ents who re­vealed that they had taken it upon them­selves to in­ves­ti­gate the matter as they had re­alised that the school head, Mr Nor­can Nya­mambi was “re­luc­tant” to act on the matter.

“Just last week we man­aged to in­ter­view a num­ber of pupils who all con­firmed the is­sue. They told us that the head­mas­ter threat­ened them at assem­bly not to men­tion any­thing about witch­craft, say­ing that those who ac­cuse oth­ers of witch­craft will be taken to the po­lice and sued ac­cord­ing to the Witch­craft Act. Fur­ther to that more than 60 pupils have been hos­pi­talised since the open­ing of third term, with mys­te­ri­ous ill­nesses, but the school head keeps on in­sist­ing that these chil­dren were feign­ing,” said a par­ent.

Mr Nya­mambi de­clined to com­ment on the matter, re­fer­ring all ques­tions to the pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion of­fices.

Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tional di­rec­tor Mr Nel­son Ma­sukume said his of­fice had not re­ceived any re­port con­cern­ing the matter.

“Such cases need thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions hence I en­cour­age those with de­tails to ap­proach our of­fices so we con­duct our in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Right now I am in Vic­to­ria Falls but since you have called me I will im­me­di­ately in­struct my of­fi­cers to con­duct the nec­es­sary in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Mr Ma­sukume.

This is not the first time the school has had such scares. Last year in Septem­ber sus­pected gob­lins struck at the Ro­man Catholic-run school, with teach­ers and pupils liv­ing in fear of mid­night at­tacks from in­vis­i­ble crea­tures.

Pupils at that time said they had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing at­tacks for over a fort­night dur­ing the school’s hol­i­day tu­tor­ing pro­gramme for Or­di­nary and Ad­vanced Level can­di­dates.

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