Man Takes His Daughter’s Mother-in-law To Court Over Witchcraft Allegations

A Mbire, Jaiva Chimusonde, took her daughter’s mother-in-law to Chief Matsiwo’s traditional court accusing her of bewitching his daughter and causing her to develop an insatiable appetite for raw meat.

Chimusonde’s daughter, Renide Nyamurusa, ate raw chicken meat at the court. ZBC News’ Tapiwa Machemedze cites Chimusonde as saying:

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My daughter had incisions on her (kutemwa nyora) when she got married and she told her grandmother what had happened to her saying her mother-in-law told her that is the custom performed in the family.

Renide Nyamurusa also recalled the incident which occurred seven years ago. She narrated:

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My mother-in-law called me to a disused kitchen and told me to sit and undress after which she performed rituals on me all over my body. I did not ask her why and when she had finished she said that would make the bond with my husband stronger.

The mother-in-law, Sekai Mazengera, initially confessed to performing the rituals but later denied the accusations.

She, however, implicated a traditional healer, Raita Inga, for giving her the medicine that she used to perform the ritual.

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I was performing rituals on my grandchildren, that is when she also requested since they were having squabbles with her husband concerning the paternity of their child. That is why I did it.

A raw chicken was brought before the traditional court and Nyamurusa consumed the meat in front of everyone.

Chief Matsiwo ordered Mazengera and her alleged accomplice to take her daughter-in-law for a healing session after which they will return to court for sentencing.

The chief also cautioned traditional healers not to practice without licences.

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