A Rusape family is being pelted by fiery stones almost on a daily basis, in a development that has been blamed on witchcraft.
The Chikwara family, which stay at Zimati, about 10km on the outskirts of Rusape, also lost their grass-thatched hut gutted by fire ignited by an invisible arsonist and are now without food and roof over their head.
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According to the Chikwaras, the fires started during supper and destroyed everything in minutes as if an inflammable substance was used.
The mystical stones stop when an outsider visits the troubled family, but are almost a daily occurrence.
Speaking to The Manica Post, Hebert Chikwara, a member and self-claimed prophet of a local apostolic sect, said the strange occurrences started recently — with human waste wrapped in plastic strewn all over his shrine (kirawa).
He said things took a nasty turn when the human waste found its way into buckets containing the family’s drinking water.
On 21 August, the family was left weak-kneed after a strange fire torched a goat pen and a grass thatched bedroom.
Food, clothes, blankets and cooking utensils were incinerated in the inferno.
The strange occurrences forced Chikwara to consult a spiritualist who alleged that a frustrated goblin (chikwambo), cast upon them by a bloodline relative after getting fed up with it, was behind the havoc. Said Chikwara:
The problem I am confronted with is enormous. As we speak, my family is being pelted with stones, but we cannot see the person throwing them.
Since we cannot see the source of the stones, we cannot evade the stones. We cannot hide or run away. Even when we are in the house, the stones keep raining.
The self-proclaimed prophet also appealed for spiritual cleansing of his homestead to restore sanity.
Meanwhile, Madzibaba Nzira, of Zvakazarurwa Zvavapostora Church, said such attacks are inflicted by goblins. He said:
Someone in the family has a goblin. Someone sourced these things for whatever reasons but failed to abide by the attached conditions, thereby infuriating them. That is why they are being attacked.
He said the goblins can be dealt with by destruction or sending them back “to the sender to restore sanity in the troubled family”.