Zimbabwe “Witches" Fined A Goat Each

Chihota, October 21, 2013 – The two Landas-based women initially charged for practising acts associated with witchcraft have courted the ire of a Chihota traditional leader.


Chief Chihota fined the two – Elmet Mbewe and Christine Nyamupandu – a goat each last week for soiling the name of the Chihota community.


The women received their punishment upon arrival from Chikurubi Maximum Prison where they were detained on remand until they were released on bail early this month. They have since been fined for a lesser charge of public indecency.


Radio VOP tracked them to Landas.


The two ladies who are part-time vendors during the day and ladies of the night refused to speak to a Radio VOP news crew.


They are staying at their lodgings popularly known as White House just behind Munyama Butchery and Bottle Store.


Residents of Landas Business Centre told Radio VOP that the two women were fined a goat each by the local chief.


“They were fined a goat each by Chief Chihota last week. They could have received a harsher punishment but they were pitied because they have already faced punitive conditions in jail and the act was not of their own making,” said Solomon Dzvairo a local bar man.


The women are well known at Landas and have become the talk of the village as a result of their shenanigans with a Budiriro based fly by night prophet – Alfred Mupfumbati – when they woke up partially dressed in the high density suburb. The act had been stage managed to boost Mupfumbati’s fortunes as a prophet.


The women spent close to a month in remand prison during which time they underwent a psychiatric examination.