A Zimbabwean self-proclaimed prophet was hauled before the court after four of his congregants assaulted a church member over his witchcraft prophecy.
During prophecy time the Prophet Arthur Matsika of Garikai Masoweâ€™s church shrine in Cowdray Park suburb is alleged to have propheised that Maggie Chikwara (51) was a witch who kept a snake in her car and gave her husband cooked dog meat.
The prophet went on to state that Maggie planted muthi at the churchâ€™s shrine and that the muthi was causing teenage congregants to menstruate early.
Upon hearing that, four female congregants, Gladys Muleya, Muleyaâ€™s teenage daughter, Faith Gora and Lusyomo Ndlovu allegedly went on to physically assault Maggie.
Fortunately, she was rescued from further attack by elders of the church, who intervened and stopped the four from further assaulting her.
Maggie bled and sustained injuries all over her body during the attack.
Due to the severity of the injuries, Maggie was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where she was treated.
The matter only came to light after Maggie filed a case of indicating witches and wizards as defined in the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) (Chapter 9:23).
In their mitigation, the accused persons argued that Maggieâ€™s husband Belton Nduna was the one who told Matsika that his wife fed him with dog meat as he was told that by other prophets,Â B-MetroÂ reports.
They went on to state that they never said Maggie was a witch and stated that the allegations were fabricated since she did not see eye to eye with her teenage daughter.
Appearing in court, one of Maggieâ€™s witnesses, Washington Kona said told the court that:
â€śMatsika and his accused congregants labeled Maggie a witch and this was said before congregants at a church. And they also said she was causing problems at the church.â€ť
Matsika and his four accused congregants were remanded out of custody to 03 August for continuation of trial.
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