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Women flood police station to protest ‘witchcraft death’

                                            The late Muchazooneyi Sagiya 

Priscilla Mafa/Panashe Nchenamilo

MASVINGO –
Several female informal traders doing business at Chitima market recently
flooded Masvingo Central Police Station protesting against a woman whom they accused
of killing their colleague through witchcraft.
This
happened after a 39-year-old female informal trader suddenly became paralysed
and died one week after being engaged in an argument with the woman who then
reportedly threatened that she was not going to see the following day.
Sources
said the argument started at the market place when the woman in question (name
supplied) was asked to move her wares elsewhere as she had reportedly taken
somebody else’s trading spot.
The
woman is said to have refused to move, and she argued with several women who
tried to reason with her.
She
is then said to have turned to one of the woman named Muchazoonei Sagiya whom
she allegedly threatened that her days were numbered.
Two
days after the dispute, Sagia fell seriously ill and got admitted at Masvingo
Provincial Hospital where she later became paralysed and died.
Chairperson
of fruit and vegetables at Chitima market, Tamisai Katini said she visited Sagiya
at hospital where she found that she had become paralysed waist-down and could
no longer walk.
“I
visited Sagiya at hospital where she recounted a horrible dream in which she
said a fish had entered her stomach and caused her paralysis. She said in the
dream, she heard a strange voice telling her she was not going to live,” said Katini.
Sagia’s
death in Harare where she had been transferred angered many informal traders
who then confronted the woman who had reportedly threatened to bewitch her.
The
woman then went to the police station to report her case but several women
followed her protesting. It is illegal to make accusations of witchcraft
against anybody.

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