I am tired of witchcraft, boy (5)
Community members in Kezi, Matabeleland South province were left shocked after a five-year-old boy told them at a meeting that he was fed up with being used by a neighbour in her witchcraft escapades.
At first the troubled boy, who cannot be named for ethical reasons, told his father that he was fed up of being used by a neighbour in carrying out witchcraft activities.
The boy went on to say that they eat human liver and fly using a winnowing basket or at times ride on a donkey and open community member’s doors using their buttocks.
Speaking to B-Metro the father said the neighbour had not stopped using the boy in carrying out witchcraft activities.
“I do not know what I should do! I thought by exposing her at a community meeting she would stop but umfana (boy) always tells me that the woman is still using him when conducting her witchcraft and now my fear is that she will end up killing my child,” he said.
In an interview, the boy in question confirmed that the neighbour was still using him in carrying out witchcraft activities.
“We are still flying out at night using the winnowing basket, at times we eat human liver of the recently dead people and open doors by turning our backs and push the door open with our buttocks,” he said in the presence of his father and other family members.
The strange matter was reported to village head Mitsho Nyathi who then convened a meeting which was attended by the entire village and secretary to Chief Nyangazonke. Nyathi confirmed the bizarre incident.
“We convened a meeting where the boy told gathered community members and Chief Nyangazonke’s secretary that he was fed up of eating human liver of the community members who passed on mysteriously and also flying in a winnowing basket or riding on a donkey and opening some of the community member’s doors using their buttocks,” he said.
Nyathi said community members then decided that the alleged witch should be banished.
Efforts to get a comment from Chief Nyangazonke were fruitless as his mobile number was not reachable. B-Metro