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26/01/2013 00:00:00
by Edwin Mwase I Sunday Mail
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SPEAKMORE Mandere, commonly known in Chitungwiza as Sekuru Shumba, was a famed healer who could solve almost any problem through his “amazing supernatural powers,” according to neighbours.

The healer, killed in a mystery blast that claimed four other lives on January 21 at his rented Zengeza 2 home, reportedly had a spiritual calling that drew huge crowds to him, including business people and high-ranking politicians.

Narrating what seems to be an eventful life of 24-year-old Mandere, a neighbour, Sarakuchepa Magayo, explained how the young healer rose to acclaim in the area on account of his powers.

Starting off as an avid Apostolic sect member, he later transformed himself into a fiery traditional healer.

He had only moved to his new lodgings, the house where the blast occurred, two weeks ago after living for a while at a house in the same area.

Multitudes of people seeking solutions to their problems are said to have thronged his residence regularly. Politicians, football leaders and captains of industry are believed to be among those he assisted.

“He was a young man who commanded the company of more than five people every time he was at home,” said Sekuru Magayo.

“The strangest occurrence was probably when my wife told me that a white couple believed to be from a Nordic country had visited him.”

Another neighbour, Josiah Mwanawashe, explained how the late healer frequented Chigovanyika 1 Shopping Centre.

“Sekuru Shumba was a regular imbiber here at Chigovanyika Shopping Centre. He performed one of his last traditional ceremonies at my house, where he was once a tenant,” said Mwanawashe as he took a swig at his favourite opaque beer.

The young healer died in a explosion at his house that killed four others - businessman Clever Kamuyedza, retired Detective Constable Alex Shamu, seven-month-old Kelly Chimina and as-a-yet-to-be-named fourth man believed to be a soldier.

Circumstances of the blast remain a mystery, with varying explanations being proffered - most bordering on the supernatural.
Police said Saturday they were yet to ascertain the cause of the blast - nearly a week on.

Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “The investigation is likely to take longer. There is no likelihood of the findings coming out in the next seven days."


Forensic experts are still combing through the available evidence. Experts who have examined the site of the blast say it was most likely caused by a landmine or some other incendiary device, although witnesses and survivors insist there is another explanation in the socerers realm.

Destruction ... Rescue workers, police and volunteers cover body of a man after blast

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