Zanu PF MP named in poll ritual kidnap

KADOMA - Fani Phanuel Phiri, the Zanu PF MP for Kadoma Central, has been fingered in a ritual kidnapping, with his alleged accomplices imprisoned.

Phiri is alleged to have instructed Dominic Musapurwa, 56, Odrina Gwerengwe, 51, Joyce Watyoka, 50, Chipo Muradi, 54, Kaiser Ncube, 69, to kidnap two children for ritual purposes to help him win the recently held harmonised elections.

Phiri polled 6 886 votes in the July 31 vote against the MDC’s Editor Matamisa’s 6 214 votes.

The gang told Kadoma residential magistrate Richard Ramaboe that Phiri was the man behind the kidnapping of two minor girls, who were to be sacrificed so that he could bolster his election bid.

Ramaboe jailed Gwerengwe and Muradi for six months, while Watyoka and Ncube were sent to prison for four years. Musapurwa was slapped with a nine-month prison term.

The court heard the group kidnapped the two nine-year-old female twins from Waverly in Kadoma and took them to a bushy area for ritual purposes.

Christopher Mudhuchwa, a traditional healer who did the sacrifice, is still at large. During cross examination, Musapurwa sensationally revealed that they were acting on Phiri’s instructions.

“We had instructions from Fani Phiri to proceed with the ritual through Odrina Gwerengwe,” Musapurwa said.

He also told the court that when the offence was committed, he was standing on a Zanu PF ticket to be councillor for ward 11.

“There were rituals to win elections,” Musapurwa said.

On the other hand, Ncube told the court that the traditional healer later refused to carry out further rituals. While in a trance, the traditional healer told the group that they had stolen the children, yet he had instructed them to bring their own.

He further told the court that top party officials (names withheld) in the province were well aware of these rituals and had given them the go ahead in an attempt to secure victory against the MDC.

Watyoka denied kidnapping the children although she admitted going to the rituals with her co-accused.

“I indeed accompanied the other co-accused persons herein to the place where ritual activities were carried out by Mudhuchwa, but the children were brought by Gwerengwe who said she had been given authority by their parents,” she said.

The court heard that the criminals gathered at Gwerengwe’s house on July 15 this year where they arranged to take two female juveniles to Mudhuchwa for ritual purposes concerning the harmonised elections.

Muradi and Musapurwa were both local authority candidates for Zanu PF for ward 17 and 11 respectively.

Gwerengwe requested the two from their mother on the pretext that she wanted to send them to the shops.

Gwerengwe’s team allegedly took the twins into their vehicle and drove them to a bushy area where the juveniles were ordered to take off their shoes and kneel down before they were given snuff to smear on their hands.

After that, the minors were returned home at night.

They narrated the incident to their mother, who later filed a police report, leading to the convicts’ arrest.

Comments (4)

Gentlemen and gentleladies i was personary visited by Fani Phiri at my shrines begging for rituals to enhance his campaign against Mdc.i was suprised to see Musapurwa and others incompany of two little girls and we have previously agreed that Fani had to bring male kids of his blood not from other families.this was the breach of the ingredients agreed and also my worry was that him Phiri did not turn up the day in question,so i could not kill the innocent girls for sacrifice as they were not from the same blood to any of those present that day.i stoped the rituals and i was forced to leave kadoma when they told me to go to South africa to hide there.The mediums that controls me did not allow me to do that.Phiri gave me monies and sometime he comminicated with me telling me that i must not be arrested because i would put him in danger and he threatened me that if ever i leak anything to the police he would kill me like what he did to his brother and others.Gentlemen,i am a traditioanl healer with certificates,people with proplems come to me and i do not go to them. i did not kill those two girls because they were innocent and i saved them personary. i need your help people of Zimbabwe to be a free man again for toady as i write this i am in a hiding.You may say otherwise but thats exactly what happened. thank you.

N'anga - 2 December 2013

You can now come out of hiding because the matter is now in the general public domain. Fani Phiri cannot lay his dirty hands on you, since he knows that he will be the first suspect. You will have to bring this matter immediately to the attention of the police.

tomasi tohwi - 2 December 2013

Women groups should join hands and say no to this nonses. How can politician sacrifice the future of innocent children to their political position. Can VP J.T.R Mujuru comment on this please??????. She should lead by example for this man. Vana vacheche here baba Mugabe murikuzvinzwa here zvirikuita vanhu ava. Tibatsireiwo please, takakupai mavotes kuti tigare zvakanaka asi honai zvirikuita maparasites.

bob - 3 December 2013

VaTomama muripo here? Heyoka nyaya munoti kudii nayo? Vana vanoitwa mipiro kuti vana Fani Phiri nevana vavo nevakadzi vavo vagarike ndiwo mararamire evanhu veZanu iwayo. Vangani vatisingazivi vakatsakatika nenzira imweyo pama Primaries?

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 3 December 2013

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