An elderly woman from Chimanimani, Manicaland Province, was spotted at her friend’s house breastfeeding a snake, Manica Post reports.
Gogo Savie Nenohwe was spotted by a 12-year-old girl as she breastfed the snake while uttering names of fellow villagers whom she wanted her ‘baby’ to deal with.
Gogo Nenohwe and Gogo Ethel Sithole have since been dragged before Chief Mutambara’s court on witchcraft allegations.
The traditional leader advised the two women to consult a white garment prophetess, Madzimai Loice Mukono.
The “prophetess” revealed that a snake that resides at Gogo Sithole’s homestead is used by the ladies for witchcraft.
Narrating the breastfeeding incident before Chief Mutambara’s Court last week on Saturday, the key witness, a 12-year-old girl, said:
I saw Gogo Nenohwe breastfeeding a very big snake which had a red cloth and beads tied around it. After breastfeeding it, she took out a plate of food and fed the snake.
I did not see what food she was feeding it, but I heard her muttering names of fellow villagers and telling the snake to deal with them.
After witnessing the incident, the young girl said she reported the case to Gogo Sithole.
However, after realising that she was not taking any action, the young girl then reported the matter to other villagers.
The villagers brought the matter before the village head, Molline Nenohwe’s attention, who then took the issue to Chief Mutambara.
Chief Mutambara asked Gogo Sithole why she did not take action when the girl told her that she had seen her friend breastfeeding a snake at her house. Gogo Sithole responded:
I did not have money to bring the matter to your court. I also did not confront Nenohwe because I knew that once I confronted her, I would need to bring the matter before the chief’s court, yet I couldn’t do that at that moment.
Meanwhile, Gogo Sithole’s niece, Maria, said she used to share a room with the snake. She said:
I used to sleep in the room where Gogo Nenohwe was seen breastfeeding the snake. The snake stays in that room. I stopped using the room because of that and begged my aunt to move me to another room. Sometimes the snake comes out to bask in the sun.
Other villagers in Nenohwe Village also said they have come across a giant snake that has a red cloth tied around it.
Madzimai Mukono said she will go to Gogo Sithole’s homestead later this week to capture the snake and bring it before Chief Mutambara’s court.
She said she went to the homestead last week to capture the snake on Monday, but failed to do so as a multitude had gathered to witness the drama.