Chigwedere witchcraft saga takes new twist

HARARE - Former Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere’s witchcraft saga has taken a dramatic twist, with his son Mangwiza saying delays in hearing the case will result in more deaths at the hands of his father.

Mangwiza accuses his father of bewitching and killing family members.

His concerns come after the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) yesterday deferred the hearing of the case indefinitely to allow some of the respondents to be served court papers.

Mangwiza dragged his father and stepmother Emilia Zharare to court seeking an order allowing them to undergo a cleansing ceremony to exorcise the whole clan against alleged witchcraft activities that have allegedly caused several deaths in the family.

Yesterday, the court noted that out of 32 respondents, only 28 had been served court papers while only eight managed to attend the hearing.

Leading the Con-Court bench, Elizabeth Gwaunza said there was no way the court could proceed to hear the matter under the circumstances. The court said in terms of rules, other respondents were supposed to be served by the deputy sheriff and attend the hearing.

However, Mangwiza blamed the deputy sheriff for the hiccup, demanding the long-standing matter to proceed.

“So you are saying we should perish because the sheriff has not served the other respondents?” he queried, before the court clarified the rule and postponed the matter indefinitely.

In terms of Sections 97 to 102 of the Criminal Law Code, the practice of witchcraft is a criminal offence, while Section 98 of the Criminal Law (Codification) and Reform Act stipulates that any person who engages in witchcraft to instil fear or harm someone will be jailed for five years or be liable to pay a fine. In his court papers, Mangwiza claims he was still convinced his father and stepmother were practising witchcraft and or sorcery, or incorrect cultural procedures that had tormented the whole clan causing deaths, misery, ill-health and mental anguish.

He said this has resulted in him and other family members to flee Wedza, but have not been spared either way.

“The right to life has been violated and with the courts even being told on paper and viva voce that we are dying. We are being killed and maimed, we have more than 10 mentally-challenged, we are being exploited through culture.

“I have undergone more than 200 cultural procedures on myself personally, which I have now discovered were uncultural acts and the basis for our ill-health, pain, headaches, suffering, anomalies, having five brothers and sisters mentally-challenged, sisters, who fail to find fecundity to bear children, sisters who fail to marry,” Mangwiza said, urging the court to intervene.

He accuses his father and stepmother of possessing elephant tasks inscribed names of living and deceased family members.

“Threat of life in our clan is imminent and many have gone six feet under, and it will continue until the intervention of the courts in the removal of that which is killing and maiming,” he said in an application that his father is opposing.

Comments (7)

Jesus said fear not I have overcome, the world. Don't be intimidated by witchcraft, it has no power over your life. God bless you.

Pastor James - 16 March 2017

Tizirai kuna Jesu mese munowana zororo.Zviedzei muone kuti hamuwane rugare here. Mudhara uyu aioneka kuti itsotsi nekuti anoda kuhwanda nechivanhu iye ari mambara wemunhu.

chimuti - 16 March 2017

Pls Magwiza listen to the advice you are being given, Jesus can finish all these problems. That is why he came down to earth to rid people of the devil's influence!!

Jonso - 16 March 2017

The fact that there are 10 mentally challeeged persons in the familly, tells a sad story of a family under acts of whitchcraft. If the law does not recognize witchcraft, then i urge the family to go ahead and cleanse it without going to courts as it is not recognozed

Chids - 16 March 2017

courts are unable to stop the devil its on the Blood of Jesus. Should the Chigwedere clan repent and receive Jesus the problem will come to an end. Namatai machinda Satan asati akupedzai. Amen

Mukoma - 17 March 2017

Thank you guys for being honest with Magwiza. He thinks the courts can save a 7 generation activity. We hail from the same district and share the same totem(irrelevant after the Cross) Chokwadi mukanya tizirai kuna Jesu. Matare haana chaanopedza. Those 200 procedures can be nullified by the blood of Jesus.

Amen - 17 March 2017

Educated historian Chigwedere should go for a partenal-test. Zvechisabhuku ombosiya pasi. Mangwiza uyu haasi mwana wake.

selele - 17 March 2017

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