Suspected witches appear in court

HARARE - Two women yesterday appeared in court charged with witchcraft after they were allegedly found sitting naked in winnowing baskets in Budirio 2 around 5:30am.

Maria Moyo (30) and Chipo Chakaja (26) of Gokwe Nembudziya — who were only wrapped in red cloths — told Mbare magistrate Rueben Mukavhi that they were unaware how they got to Harare as they were from Gokwe.

Moyo and Chajaka are being charged “with engaging in practice commonly associated with witchcraft as defined in Section 98(1) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act 9:23”.

While the two pleaded guilty to the charges, magistrate Mukhavhi ordered a psychiatric evaluation. He remanded them in custody to September 26.

It is the State’s case that the “two accused persons were in possession of an owl, two winnowing baskets each containing animal skins, a gourd, talisman and staff believed to be used for witchcraft purposes”.

Moyo and Chajaka told the court that they were not aware how they got to Harare or what their mission was.

“I don’t know how I got here, I went to bed last night around 8pm in Gokwe where I live, I was told I was in Harare, that is when I realised I was naked and holding an owl,” Moyo said.

“I however, slept naked at home, maybe I was carried like that.”

According to Moyo, everything happened like a dream. She said she dreamt walking with her grandmother going to her sister-in-law’s house.

“I was walking with my grandmother who is my namesake and she was shouting angry with my sister-in-law.
“We were apparently going to heal my sister-in-law’s child who is sick and my grandmother was angry that we might find her having gone to vapostori (apostolics),” she said.

Chajaka also said she felt like she was dreaming adding there were six other people including their “tete” or aunt named Chiedza.

Both the accused said they were single mothers.



Curious residents, mainly from nearby Mbare suburb, mobbed the magistrates’ court pushing and shoving to catch a glimpse of the alleged witches.

The crowd also mobbed “prophets” who were witnesses in the case, as they claimed they found the accused persons at their place of worship.

Comments (7)

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Vada - 12 September 2013

Eishhh reporters please rush to their rural areas and verify wehere they live, how they live and with who. Your story is not well followed up

NANSI LENDODA - 12 September 2013

What if the whole thing was 'staged 'by the so called prophet in order to make him popular & make money out of this . Remember the fake diesel pa Chinhoyi n'anga who took ministers for a ride.

Pinch of salt - 12 September 2013

eish ma1

wezhira - 13 September 2013

The commercialization of churches have seen the so called prophets up their game.We there are prophets this money and extra ordinary things hence Satanism is now associated with some churches.We have seen and read mind wrecking things all in the name of Jesus Christ.I hate the teachings of prosperity,power,mracles etc.I hope our government can set up a commission of inquiry because the affects everybody be it spiritually or financially.People have lost money in the process of worshipping. Africa wake up and smell the coffee. Why us the poor, evening our courts end up wasting time on the stupid things.

Mafa - 13 September 2013

Pinch of salt think if this was staged who wants to be published as witch, would you if it was you? Even if you are offerd thousands remember wil be tanneshed for the sake of monies, this is real Gods power s working its not about being popularity

Coolman - 15 September 2013

Pinch of salt think if this was staged who wants to be published as witch, would you if it was you? Even if you are offered thousands of monies, remember your name will be tanneshed for the sake of monies, this is real Gods power working its not about being popular

Coolman - 15 September 2013

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