Prophet fights python

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Wim­bainashe Zhakata Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

ACHIPINGE homestead was re­cently turned topsy-turvy when hun­dreds of cu­ri­ous vil­lagers trooped to catch a glimpse of a sus­pected juju python that was cap­tured by a self-pro­claimed prophet dur­ing a witch-hunt­ing ex­er­cise.

The news of the three-me­tre long python, which was ex­tracted from the Sit­hole fam­ily gra­nary, spread like a wild­fire in Mwandip­fura Vil­lage, un­der Chief Musika­vanhu.

It was a scary mo­ment as the Ku­penya Apos­tolic Church leader prophet Lawrence Kaser­era, aka Dombo cap­tured the snake, which he said was re­spon­si­ble for a litany of mis­for­tunes af­flict­ing the fam­ily and vil­lage at large. While the mere men­tion of the word ‘‘snake’’ of­ten sees peo­ple scam­per­ing for safety or rush­ing to grab sticks and stones to crush its head, the juju snake, be­came

a cyno­sure for the hun­dreds of peo­ple.

Al­though the vil­lagers felt that the dark-coloured snake could kill hu­mans, no­body hurled a stone at it.

They watched in awe as prophet Dombo grabbed it by the head and raised it for all to see and sat­isfy their cu­rios­ity.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing one of prophet Dombo’s ex­or­cis­ing and spir­i­tual heal­ing ses­sions in the vil­lage after he claimed that John Sit­hole was un­der the bondage of an evil spirit.

In an in­ter­view with The Week­ender, prophet Dombo said he was in the vil­lage to min­is­ter to lost souls through heal­ing and de­liv­er­ance mir­a­cles.

“I help peo­ple who suf­fer from spir­i­tual bondage un­der my church Ku­penya Apos­tolic Church, which is present in many ar­eas across Zim­babwe,” he said.

Prophet Dombo said his mis­sion in Chipinge was to de­liver peo­ple, es­pe­cially those in­volved in witch­craft and juju-in­duced wealth ac­cu­mu­la­tion.

“When I was de­liv­er­ing the con­gre­gants, I prophet­i­cally iden­ti­fied John Sit­hole (18), who had been un­well for a very long time.

“It was re­vealed to me in the spirit that he had a fu­sion of dis­eases in him. His prob­lems in­cluded epilepsy, which made his life a liv­ing hell.

“Dur­ing the ex­or­cism, a de­mon pur­port­ing to be the spirit of his grand­mother man­i­fested through him.

‘‘The de­mon con­fessed that she kept a three me­tre long snake, among other goblins at their homestead, which was in­dis­crim­i­nately af­fect­ing peo­ple in the fam­ily and vil­lage at large,” ex­plained prophet Dombo.

The de­mon, as it man­i­fested, also re­vealed that the snake, goblin and other witch­craft para­pher­na­lia had been passed on to his brother’s wife as legacy and had been hid­den at their homestead for more than 20 years, added prophet Dombo.

After pray­ing in­ces­santly and when it be­came clear that his prayer had been an­swered, prophet Dombo pro­ceeded to the Sit­hole homestead and per­formed some prayer ri­tu­als, which prompted the snake to come out of the gra­nary.

Any­way Sit­hole (20), who is John’s brother, con­firmed and nar­rated the in­ci­dent.

Sit­hole said a close fam­ily mem­ber (name with­held) was re­spon­si­ble for the damna­tion of the fam­ily.

He ac­cused the rel­a­tive of us­ing the snake and goblin to in­flict un­told suf­fer­ing on his fam­ily.

He said the rel­a­tive’s snake charm­ing work was aided by juju.

“We knew about this snake and it tor­tured my brother for a very long time. It was also used in witch­craft prac­tices that af­fected a lot of peo­ple in the vil­lage,” said Sit­hole.

Sit­hole said he was happy that his brother was fi­nally free and had seen the light.

He said his wife was also de­liv­ered from witch­craft and had since re­turned to her par­ents.

Sit­hole said juju might seem strange, myth­i­cal and weird, but it was a prob­lem that was real to them given that some fam­ily mem­bers as­so­ci­ated with dark forces.

Any­way Sit­hole

Prophet Dombo hold­ing the python

Part of the witch­craft para­phanelia dis­cov­ered dur­ing the cleans­ing cer­e­mony

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