Nurse conned of $2k in cash-multiplying rituals

HARARE - A bid by a Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital nurse to multiply cash using black magic landed her in trouble, a Harare court heard yesterday.

Nurse Lisa Rutendo Goba, 22, of 25 Chiridza Rimuka in Kadoma, was swindled of more than $2 000 by self-confessed witch-doctors.

Calvin Banda, 27 and Kassim Maurid, 23, who claimed to be witch-doctors from Malawi and Zambia respectively, appeared before Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo charged with fraud.

Prosecutor Tracey Muzondo alleged that sometime in July, Goba responded to a newspaper advert by a witch-doctor who claimed to solve financial problems.

Goba spoke to Banda and arranged a meeting with him in Harare.

The two met at TN Grill along Samora Machel Avenue. Banda reportedly asked Goba to enclose a $1 note in her hand. When she unfurled the hand, the $1 had transmogrified into a $20 note.

The court heard that Banda convinced Goba that he had powers to multiply money. He reportedly told her to bring $170, an empty bucket and two plain sheets of bond paper, the court heard.

“I had booked a room at a lodge in Chinhoyi and gave him the money and bucket,” Goba said. “Banda put the $170 and bond papers and placed them inside the bucket before instructing me to consult my ancestors for 10 minutes.

“After the incantations, I was asked to leave the room and when I returned he instructed me to open the bucket and there it was full of ‘genuine’ cash amounting to $185 000.”

The court heard that Goba was ordered to bring $6 000 to cleanse the money. She left $80 for safe keeping of the bucket.

“I managed to raise $1 100 and Banda added another $1 200. The money was put in an envelope and flushed down the sewer in my presence,” Goba said.

Goba and Banda had booked into Connaught Lodge along Samora Machel Avenue in Harare after buying a small suitcase in the city for another cash-multiplying ritual.

“…this time, the bond paper was placed into the small suitcase and multiplied into $240 000,” she said.

“I was later asked to bring another $300 before Banda proceeded to Goromonzi graveyard for more ceremonies.

“He later advised me that I was supposed to look for ‘rainbow water’ because washing my hands with ordinary water would not please the ancestors.”

According to State papers, that is when Banda roped in Kassim, saying he was a witch-doctor who specialised in supplying the so-called “rainbow water.”

“I called Kassim and was told to pay $600 for the water but only managed to raise $400,” she said. “He told me that he was going to take over from Banda since he had been arrested by ancestral spirits for attempting to count my money.”

The court heard that Goba realised that she had been conned and reported the two to the police.

Banda and Kassim were later trapped by detectives and arrested.

Comments (8)

Zimbabweans should learn from such incidents that there is never any short cuts to a better life. An honest and decent amount of hard work is all one needs to make it. As a student nurse, this woman should know better than to be conned. It is also important to higlight similar and yet troublesome news about some 'prophets' who are claiming the prosperity gospel but essentially robbing poor people of the little they have.

tino16 - 3 December 2015

In gambling winners know when to stop. Grab that $185K of theirs, scream, bolt and run for dear life. One day these con artist will meet their match.

X-MAN IV - 3 December 2015

I dont get it especially afterthey said “After the incantations, I was asked to leave the room and when I returned he instructed me to open the bucket and there it was full of 'genuine' cash amounting to $185 000.”. What happened to the $185 000.00 Who took it or why the did not call it game over kana kuti vaida kuita ma millionaire ipapo. I think inyaya yemnyepo

Matombo - 3 December 2015

good attempt sister ,amount was muliplied by wrong factor zero,fraudsters must be brought to book

tindo - 4 December 2015

good attempt sister ,amount was muliplied by wrong factor zero,fraudsters must be brought to book

tindo - 4 December 2015

Surely someone that educated can be fooled like that.

Foolissh nurse - 4 December 2015

In God have I put my trust. Sister what you need is the word of God. Pursuit of money is the root of all evil. Isaiah 1:19 TLB reads..If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich!

Dee - 4 December 2015

ummmmh nhy Lisah shanda cheziya rako,dont expose your life,uchida kumhanyira kupfuma nejuju

Dennis - 21 January 2017

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