Villagers in Nedziwa, Chimanimani, were last week gobsmacked after some mysterious items and a horn filled with blood were dug up from the Farmwright Store’s foundation.
Manica Post reports that there were claims that the fresh blood was drawn from a Mozambican man, Franco Arumando, who was allegedly murdered in 1976 by the late shop owner, Elliot Mukonde.
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The blood was allegedly being used to lure customers to the shop which is located at Nedziwa Growth Point.
The matter came to light after the Mukonde family brought it to Chief Mutambara’s court seeking guidance on how to appease Arumando’s spirit.
The chief ordered a traditional healer, Sekuru Changa Mhlanga, to help dig up the items.
The traditional healer then led the Mukondes to Farmwright Store and showed them where the gourd and horn were buried.
The family members had to dig up the building’s foundation to retrieve the gourd and horn, which was full of blood.
Arumando’s spirit is demanding seven herd of cattle as appeasement and the Mukondes are yet to raise the US$2 100 required.
The dead man’s spirit is claiming that it has killed 10 people within the Mukonde family, including Elliot, as part of its revenge.
It claims that Arumando was employed in Mutare when Elliot waylaid him on his way back from work and murdered him for ritual purposes.
He then allegedly drew Arumando’s blood and harvested his private parts, before taking them to his shop.
Willard Mazwana Mukonde told Manica Post that the family is now in the process of buying the cattle required to appease Arumando’s spirit.