Nemangwe brother’s wife rapist takes poison,dies in police custody

A 20-YEAR old man from Chief Nemhangwe’s area in Gokwe who allegedly raped his wife and drank cotton pesticide to commit suicide has died under prison guards’ custody at Gokwe hospital the following day after he appeared before Gokwe resident magistrate charged with rape.

The man who cannot be identified to protect the identity of his sister in law whom he allegedly rapped had appeared before Gokwe Resident magistrate Shepherd Mjanja on February 23 this year on his hospital bed side and reports say he passed on the following day due to the effects of the poison he took.

Court officials say even on the day when he appeared before the magistrate the smell of the chemical was all over him and had signs of a serious health condition.

Mjanja had remanded him to March 2 but on the day the court got a report that the man has since succumbed to death.

According to death records deposed in the court record the man died due to the effects of the poison he took.

The court heard that on February 10 this year the man went to his brother’s bedroom where his sister in law (the wife to his brother) was alone at 2am. He knocked on the door and asked her to give him his identity card which he said was on top of the wardrobe. His brother’s wife searched for it and told him that she is not able to find it.

The man allegedly asked her to open the door so that he searches for it himself. When his sister in law opened the door he allegedly got in wielding a knife and an axe. He allegedly closed and locked the door behind him before threatening to kill his brother’s wife and ordering her to lie down. He allegedly raped her.

It is alleged that after the man allegedly took cotton pesticide and drank it leading him to be seriously ill. He was taken to Gokwe hospital where he is currently admitted

Tsikamutanda on an exorcising spree in Chinyenyetu

SCORES of inhabitants of Chinyenyetu village in Gokwe stood transfixed, mesmerised and in awe of it all.

Aaron Ufumeli/Moses Matenga


The tsikamutanda, that feared witch-hunter, waved his big magic stick while splashing white powder on an artifacts that seemed to be breathing. They all believed it was a goblin.

Along with his two teammates, the 34-year-old tsikamutanda, born Munyaradzi Daitai, has been in this village for six days claiming to be exorcising evil spirits that villagers believe have brought them bad fortunes.


He glances at the crowd as he holds the “breathing” goblin extracted from Mbuya Evangelista’s homestead.

The villagers give a huge collective sigh. Muffled whispers spread among the onlookers with accusations of the old woman being a witch being the common voice.

Although there are mixed feelings over the veracity of tsikamutanda among the villagers, for Headman Shereni, judging from what he had heard from his subject, there was nothing fake about the witch-hunters’ and he eagerly awaiting his turn.

Chief photographer Aaron Ufumeli last Thursday came face to face with Daitai and his team on his visit to Shereni village. For the six days he had been in the area, there had been tension and unlimited drama as dozens of people sought the services of this ‘powerful’ witch sniffer to end their many problems.

Daitai has built a makeshift shrine with old pieces of tent and sack tacked to poles.

Red, yellow, black and white clothes are distinctly hung around the shrine walls.

Bottles of water, “containing spiritual powers” are strategically placed at every corner of the shrine while a big wooden staff, the major tool of his trade, stands majestically at the entrance to the shrine.

The shrine has become popular among the villagers for different reasons.


While others go to consult, others, like this writer, take time to enjoy themselves with free drama; after all, there is not much work to do given the grim dry spell in the area.

“We are here to look for all the evil things that people have in their homes, whether or not they affect them,” the witch-hunter says in an interview.

On his second day in the village, Daitai announced his arrival by “exposing” an elderly man who was literally raping village women using “mubobobo”.

Mubobobo is that “Bluetooth” sex black magic which enables a man to have sex with any woman without their consent or knowledge, save for having eerie sexual feelings and showing signs of having had sex after the act.

The old man, believed to be in his late 70s was allegedly using his “magic” brazenly in that village and is said to have bragged that he wanted them (women) big.

“We have unearthed several things in the days we have been here. We dealt with the case of mubobobo and we captured goblins and other things,” Daitai said.

Evangelista Bheji, an elderly woman, arrived at the shrine in the evening.

After a few minutes, Bheji emerged from the makeshift shrine with a staff in hand; this time accompanied by one of Daitai’s assistants Felix Pisirayi and headed for Bheji homestead with an excitable crowd following singing and chanting led by one of Daitai’s assistants.

Bheji is the first wife to their late husband together with Shumirayi who was at the homestead when the team arrived.
Shumirayi was having problems since 2008 and was now having difficulties walking.

Pisirayi and Shumirayi entered the small hut, thought to be the bedroom and after as few minutes, the two emerged with an assortment of clothes held by the staff.

Pisirayi started sprinkling water and maize meal onto the clothes before he fell to the ground crawling as he squeezed an unidentified object that appeared elusive, trying to run away.
This unidentified object, according to Shumirayi was the root of their problems.

“All my sons have been working for many years but they have nothing to show for it. I hope the removal of the object will see good things happening to my children and the family,” said a visibly shaken Shumirayi who said she was having all sorts of problems in life dating back to 2008.

However, the exorcising session does not come cheap for the Bheji family. They have to pay the witch-hunter a bull that they have to deliver soon.

Daitai said that the people in the areas they visited paid him according to the nature of the job he would have performed and the seriousness of the problems to the family.

He accepts everything from plates, chicken, cattle and anything depending on the seriousness of the problem.

“Payment depends on how serious the problem is. If it has caused serious problems, it is difficult to deal with so it means the people involved will pay big.

“We accept anything from plates, chicken and cattle depending on the magnitude of the problem,” Daitai said.

While many doubt the authenticity of their practice, local traditional leader Wilson Shereni said judging from the reports from his subjects, the tsikamutanda appeared genuine.

“I am yet to get in there (shrine) but from what I hear from my people who have gone there, it doesn’t appear fake to me,” Shereni said.

Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena endorsed the witch hunters.

He said: “This is what the chief has ordered and we abide by that since he is the custodian of our tradition.

“The area is well known for that. It’s quite normal to people that grew up in Nembudziya.”

Wadyajena driver jailed for theft

Richard Mahlangu, who was the driver to Gokwe Nembudziya legislator, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyadyena, has been sentenced to effective two years in prison for theft.
Mahlangu was found guilty of stealing US$40 000 from Cde Wadyajena’s vehicle.

He was initially slapped with four years and one year was suspended on condition of good behaviour, while the other year was suspended on condition he pays back US$7300.

It has been established that Mahlangu broke into the vehicle and misrepresented to the police that unknown people broke into the car.

He later pleaded guilty to the charges.

Urgent help needed for funds to undergo surgery

BULAWAYO – An 18 year old girl is appealing for funds to undergo surgery at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo. Shaleen Zivumbwa comes from Gokwe and is currently at the Hospital in Ward C1.

Shaleen Ziumbwa
Shaleen Ziumbwa

“My name is Shaleen, an 18 year old girl from Zimbabwe who has been weighed down by tumours since I was 8 years. I am appealing for help to fund urgent surgery; however the hospital has requested that I provide four pints of blood before surgery can be carried out,” she explains on her Go Fund me page.


“The urgent appeal is for donations to fund, drugs, and surgery and blood purchases. At the moment I am not able to sit on my back because of the tumours, I can only rest on my side or stomach,” she said.

“I eat whilst sleeping on my side and most time lie on my tummy. My parents have sold all that they have and have been there for me all the way and they, too, wish the best for me. They do not have money, but they have love. I would like to ask you to help me get better medical treatment by donating to the fund,” she added.

Members of the public who may wish to make donations can send direct to Shaleen’s mother, Ester Mbondiya through ecocash: +263779067671 or alternative through the Shaleen Zivumbwa Medical Fund at

Soul Brothers’ Moses Ngwenya escaped death after hijacking at same spot where Lucky Dube was killed

Moses Ngwenya of soul Brothers survived a hijacking. Photo by: Thabo Monama

LEGENDARY mbaqanga musician Moses Ngwenya escaped death last week.

This after the Soul Brothers member was hijacked and shot at his new home in Rosettenville, south of Joburg last Friday.

The mbaqanga musician was shot in Lang Street, the same street where the late music legend Lucky Dube got shot.

Speaking to Sunday Sun,Moses, also known as “BlackMoses”, said: “I’m still shocked by the whole thing, especially that I almost died close to where my friend Lucky Dube was killed.

“I was shot in my right hand. Luckily I survived.”

Moses continued: “God is great, he protected me from the hijackers. Most of the time people don’t survive such incidents.”

The three robbers shot at him twice and managed to drive away in his black Audi A4.

Black Moses told Sunday Sun the evil thugs also stole a computer worth R15 000, an iPad worth R17 000 and twocellphones worth R10 000.

Moses has another house in Observatory in Joburg.

He said his fans should not worry much as their keyboard specialist will be back in a few weeks’ time.

Recently, Black Moses formed The Soul Connections, which remixes old mbaqanga songs.

He’s been in the music industry for the past four decades.

The mbaqanga singer has released many albums together with his group Soul Brothers and has helped many other groups record their music.

Constable Rebecca Bila of the Moffat view cop shop in Joburg said a case of car hijacking was opened last Friday

Kacheche kanonhongwa neshiri kwaMakore kuChinyenyetu

AYA ndiwo mashura ekupedzisira!
Tafadzwa Makore, kamwana kekuGokwe kane mwedzi mishanu yekuzvarwa, kanonzi kakatorwa neshiri apo kainge kakarariswa mumunda vabereki vako vachisakura, ndokubhururukwa nako mudenga kasati kadonhedzwa. Hembe yakainge kakapfeka yakaendwa nayo neshiri ikazonosiiwa yakakochekera paminzwa mumuti wemuunga.

Mashura akaitika kuChinyenyetu, kwaShe Makore, aya asiya vabereki vaTafadzwa nevemunharaunda vazere nekushamisika sezvo mwana uyu akatakurwa neshiri apo ainge arere pedyo naamai vake avo vaisakura mumunda wemapfunde ndokuzodonhedzwa ambobhururukwa naye kwechinhambwe chemamita angaita 100.

Mumiriri weGokwe Nembudziya mudare reNational Assembly, Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena, vakatsinhira nyaya iyi, iyo yakaitika kwaSabhuku Makore vachiti yakavashamisa zvikuru.

“Kune zvakawanda zvinoitika kunharaunda yangu, mwana akatorwa nekashiri kadiki, kune zvimwe zvakawanda,” vakadaro Cde Wadyajena.
Mukubuda kwenyaya iyi, zvinonzi mwana uyu svondo rapera akatakurwa nekashiri kaduku kachishandisa makumbo ako ndokuendwa naye mudenga.

Chiri kushamisa veruzhinji uku ndechekuti mwana uyu, uyo anogona kurema makgs mashanu, akatakurwa sei nekashiri kadiki ako kanonzi ndekerudzi rwenjiyo kana kuti jirochiro.
Njiyo yakada kuita senhengure asi iri diki pane njiva.

Njiyo iyi inonzi yakabhururuka naTafadzwa chinhambwe chingaite mamita 50 kubva pasi kuenda mudenga ndokuzobhururuka zvakare naye kwemamita isati yamudonhedzera pasi.

Shiri iyi inonzi yakambosara nehembe yainge yakapfekwa naTafadzwa ndokuzoidonhedzera mumuti wemuunga uri chinhambwe chipfupi kubva pamunda.

Pakashanyirwa nzvimbo iyi neKwayedza nemusi weChishanu svondo rapera, vatori venhau vakawana kahembe kemwana uyu kachiri mumuti makakasiiwa umu.

Baba naamai vemwana uyu, Cosmas Makore Kuyana (26) naBarbra Nzou (22) havana nguva yakareba vawanana.
Barbra anoti mwana uyu akatorwa neshiri apo iye aisakura mumunda.
“Ndaisakura ndakamufukidza neamburera apo kwakaita yainge mhepo yaiva nesimba.

‘‘Pandakada kutarisa amburera yandainge ndakamufukidza nayo zuva ndichiti zvimwe ingapupurutswe, ndipo pandakaona shiri iyi yatova nemwana mudenga, akatarisa pasi iyo yakamubata nekumusana, yatova mudenga nepamusoro pemiti.

“Ndakatanga kuchema ndichitevera shiri iyi nepasi ndichishevedzera kune vamwe vaisakura mumunda uri padyo newedu. Shiri yaiva yerudzi rwenjiyo iyo yakangofanana nenhengure.

“Yakazorega mwana uyu apo yakasara yakabata jaketi rake, mwana ndokusvikorovera pasi ndikati mwana wangu afa,” akadaro Barbra.
Anoti paakasvika pamwana uyu, akasvikomuwana akatibikira nekumeso ndokumusimudza akaona akazara mavhu kumeso nekudumbu asi asina maronda.

“Ndakanhonga mwana ndokushamiswa zvikuru kuwana asina kana vanga, aitonyemwerera. Ndakamubvisa mavhu apo vavakidzani vepamunda wangu vakauyawo kuzozvionera.

‘‘Murume wangu naamwene vangu vakazouyawo mushure mechinguvana apo vakaudzwa ndokusvikoona mashura aya tese,” akadaro.
Mudzimai uyu anoti shiri iyi yakaenda nejaketi remwana wake ndokusvikotanga kuchema ichitenderera pamusoro pemiti yaiva mudhunduru pamunda uyu ndokuzoridonhedzera mumuunga.

“Inini naamai vepamunda wakavambirana newedu, Mai Emily Majiya (42), murume wangu, naamwene vangu Easther Kuyana (62) takavhundutswa zvikuru ndokutevera kwaiva kwaenda neshiri iyi ndokunoona jaketi remwana riri mumuti umo takasiya ririmo.
‘‘Takazoenda nemwana kumasowe uko akatanga kubatsirwa kusvika izvozvi,” akadaro Barbra.


Anoti jaketi iri rakaitirwa munamato kumasowe uku uye rakanzi rimbosiiwa riri mumuti umu.
Barbra, uyo akawanikwa ari kumasowe, anoti iye nemurume wake vave kutya kudzokera kumunda kwavo.

“Ndakamboita dambudziko apo ndaiva nenhumbu yemwana uyu, yaiomarara kuita sendaiva ndakaiswa matombo mudumbu asi ndakasununguka zvakanaka.”

Barbra anoti mwana uyu ndewechipiri kubva pane mumwe mukuru waakaita nemumwewo murume waaimbova naye kare asati aroorwa naCosmas.

Cosmas anotiwo ave kugara achitya.
“Chinonyanya kundityisa ndechekuti mwana uyu asati atorwa neshiri, kune imwewo shiri yakangofanana naiyoyi, iyo yakambopinda mumba maiva navadzimai vangu nemwana ndokuguma yava mubhegi rembatya dzemwana. Yakazotora vhesi remwana iro yakaenda naro ndokunorisiya pachisuvi chehozi, ichibva yaenda,” akadaro.

Anotizve mudzimai wake akamboonawo mupurwa uchiyamwa mombe yemudanga mavo, inova nyaya yavanoti yakanga yamboporofitwa kuchechi kwavo.

Asi kune dzimwe nzvimbo, mupurwa unozivikanwa nekuyamwa mombe izvo zvinoita kuti vamwe vaudaidze kuti “gama mombe”.
“Kunze kwemupurwa, vadzimai vangu vakamboona mbeva kumba kwedu iyo vakatandanisa asi yaireba muswe ichitiza,” akadaro.

Cosmas anoti chimwe chinovashamisa ndechekuti mwana uyu kana varere usiku ari pakati pavo anosandudzira amai vake nemakumbo kubva pamubhedha vachiwira pasi.

Mhuri iyi yave kugara kusowe reEsnai rinotungamirirwa naMadzibaba Masimba Machaka (25) uko vakanopotera.
Barbra anonzi akamboita bofu kwemazuva nguva pfupi yadarika akazonamatirwa ndokutanga kuona zvekare.

“Matambudziko edu awanda, mudzimai wangu akamboita bofu zvatisina kunzwisisa, zvino apa mwana ave kutakurwa nekashiri.”
Anoti nemusi weChina chadarika vakaona zvakare nyoka inotyisa mumba mavo, iyo yavanofungira kuti indara asi vakazoiuraya.

Mumwe wevakaona mwana uyu achitakurwa neshiri, Mai Majiya, vanoti kana kudzokerawo kumunda kwavo vave kutya.
“Ndaiva mumunda mangu apo ndakanzwa vachichema vachiti ‘mwana wangu kani aenda neshiri’. Ndakamhanya nemwana wangu ndokunoona mashura aya,” vakadaro.

Zvakadaro, Ishe Makore, VaSolomon Makore, vanoti vari kuronga kutsvaga maporofita ekuti abatsire panyaya iyi pamwe chete nekuchenura dunhu ravo.

Muporofita ari kubatsira mhuri iyi, Madzibaba Machaka (25), anoti mwana uyu haana kutakurwa neshiri chaiyo asi kuti aya mabasa ehuroyi.
“Izvi zvaingova mumaziso aamai vemwana uyu chete nevamwe, yaisava shiri asi mhando dzemishonga yekunze kana chidhoma.
‘‘Hazvina dambudziko, anorarama zvake mwana uyu nemuteuro wedu,” akadaro muporofita uyu.
Anoti mhuri iyi yakataurirwa kare pamweya kuti yainge yakatarisana nerufu pamusha payo.

“Zvose zvakazoitika kumwana uyu nezvekuita bofu kwaamai ava, kuona mupurwa waiyamwa mombe, zvembeva yaireba muswe nezvimwe zvakanga zvakataurwa kare nemweya,” akadaro.

Madzibaba Canaan Goodzi (53), avo vanova musadare pakereke iyi, vanoti vari kugara vachienda sechechi kunoita munamato kumba kwemhuri iyi.

Mumwe mudzimai wepasowe iri, Memory Nzou (28), anoti nyaya iyi inotyisa zvikuru.
Never Makore (47), mukoma wababa vemwana wekutorwa neshiri, anoti vakazoshevedzwa nyaya iyi yaitika.

“Ichi chiitiko chekutanga mumhuri medu. Tiri vakomana vasere nemusikana mumwe chete, baba vedu vakafa tasara naamai uye tiri kunzwa kutya kukuru,” akadaro. Vamwene vaBarbra, Mai Kuyana, vanoti vashaya zano nenyaya iyi. “Handichaziva kwekutarisa, ndakavhundutswa zvikuru.”

Tinashe Kuyana (31), mukoma waCosmas zvakare, anoti anofungira kuti aya mabasa ehuroyi ari kuitwa nevehukama.
“Tapera kufa pasina kurwara, pane imwe nhamo pakatomborwiwa tichinangana huroyi,” akadaro Tinashe.