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Witches in trouble after falling from winnowing basket

By Crime Reporter

TWO elderly women have been arrested and appeared in court after they allegedly fell from a winnowing basket during a witchcraft act.


After the arrest, Chinhoyi magistrate Fanny Nyakudya has ordered Rosemary Kamanga (49) and Esnath Maodza (52), both of Shackleton compound about 20 kilometres outside Chinhoyi, to be medically examined to ascertain their mental stability.

They were charged with contravening Section 98 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 pertaining to “engaging in practices commonly associated with witchcraft” on Wednesday.

Nyakudya remanded the two women in custody to June 27 to allow them time to be examined by a State medical doctor.

Public prosecutor Clarence Majongosi told the court that the pair stormed Eneresi Mufunga’s hut on June 11 at around 3am after allegedly falling off their winnowing basket (

Mufunga claimed she was awakened by Kamanga’s strange screams at her doorstep.

The court heard that Kamanga was calling out her other colleagues, beckoning them to bring back the basket.

Kamanga continued crying in a child-like voice, saying their alleged accomplice, identified as Muzeza, had taken with her all the human flesh they had collected prior to the “accident.”

After witnessing the weird scene, Mufunga allegedly sprinkled some “holy” water on Kamanga and stopped her trance-like theatrics.

The prosecutor also told the court that Watek Matshuma, a Shackleton resident, met Maodza shouting and screaming in a child-like voice while scratching the ground behind a toilet.

The court heard that Maodza said they had been involved in an accident with their “winnowing basket” and Muzeza had left them behind.

Maodza said she was searching for the “winnowing basket” which they were using as transport.

Both women were scantily dressed in worn-out kilts.