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Monday, March 27, 2006

In The Land of Magic

Posted by on March 27 at 1:02 AM

From the front page of the biggest newspaper in Zimababwe, The Herald :

Traditional healer stripped of powers

By Memory Gwiza

IT was all smiles, ululation and appreciative whistling among villagers after a prominent traditional healer was allegedly stripped of his harmful magical powers at a cleansing ceremony held by the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association (Zinatha) in Zvimba yesterday.

Sekuru Saineti Kachuta, whose magical powers are suspected to be behind the mass hysteria that hit Mariga Secondary School affecting 32 pupils last week, was yesterday shaved of his dreadlocks and had his “surgery” emptied while his traditional medicine was burnt to ashes in public. Sekuru Kachuta who, last week had vehemently denied possessing the zvidhoma (goblins), was yesterday a different man very submissive, calm and subdued as the Zinatha crew cleansed his house in the full glare of the public…A gourd which was destroyed contained an assortment of seeds, a canine tooth, snake skins, animal nails and human hair, which Sekuru Kachuta professed ignorance of…Kachuta was [also] found in possession of lion and python skins and admitted that his traditional healer certificate was fake. At the close of the ceremony, a humbled and subdued Sekuru Kachuta said he wanted the situation at the school to normalise and that he would co-operate with Zinatha to solve the problem. “I support the crew if they have really found that my medicine was causing the hysteria to the students. Also if the law says they should burn these things, then I cannot stop it,” he said….

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