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Witchcraft blamed as stones rain on family


By Alfonce Mbizwo

A FAMILY in Mandava high-density suburb in Zvishavane deserted its home after stones rained from the roof, literally.
Police in Zvishavane confirmed the incident, which took place on Thursday night at the Swift Cottages.

“It appears to be an issue involving witchcraft,” said the Acting Officer Commanding Zvishavane District, Superintendent Raphael Mathe.

“A report was made but we have sent officials to investigate the issue further because there was a letter which implicated some neighbours in matters of witchcraft,” said Supt Mathe.

Neighbours said the drama started on Thursday evening when a family, who rented a house in the Swift Cottages was preparing supper.

The family’s late father, Caseman Chigova made news in the 1990s for sleeping in a coffin, which he bought “to get a feel of his future home’’.

“Caseman’s wife was away in South Africa, where she buys wares for resale here.

“So there was just her sister, the maid and Caseman’s son,” said a neighbour, Mr Ladislous Kunota.

Neighbours said at first, a letter dropped from the roof alleging that the authors were responsible for his (Caseman’s) death and that they would be back for more.
At that point, a large stone fell, apparently from the roof followed by another and yet another. Then a hail of stones fell into the room.

The child and two women left the room and called for assistance from the neighbours.

“I refused to open my door or accommodate the women but I later took in the young boy. He was so scared of going back to the house even to get some blankets.

“The women went to another neighbour but she also refused to come out,” said Mr Kunota, who rents a house adjacent to the dramafilled house.

Eventually, another neighbour took them to the police where a report was made.
According to Mr Kunota, neighbours continued to refuse to accommodate the two women despite pleas from the police.

“It might sound strange but why would I want to take the risk of the same occurring in my home,” he said.

When Chronicle visited the family on Friday, the house was deserted. But the incident has left the community shocked and few people were willing to discuss the incident when asked.
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