Breaking News

Churches attack sangomas

by Staff reporter
29 January 2013 | 5219 Views
Hundreds of people drawn from different Christian denominations yesterday descended on Chitungwiza's "house of death" for a cleansing ceremony, blaming traditional healers for the death of five people in a suspected bomb blast.




Church leaders described traditional healers, popularly known as n'angas or sangomas, as agents of the devil.

One of the dead was a traditional healer who was in the midst of working on a client when the blast went off.

The once peaceful Ndororo Street in Chitungwiza's Zengeza 2 suburb is now a hub of activity as curious Zimbabweans take turns to visit the scene of the blast.

As first reported by the Daily News, a bomb is the most likely cause of the explosion which killed traditional healer Speakmore Mandere, an infant and three others who included a soldier and an ex-policeman.

The blast left close to 20 families homeless.

Touched by the plight of the families now living in tents donated by Red Cross International, churches drawn from the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) yesterday donated food, which is the immediate need for the now homeless families.

The case has deepened the rift between the church and traditional healers with churches yesterday saying n'angas were behind much of the evil in the country.

Many Zimbabweans patronise both churches and traditional healers resulting in a tussle for loyalty.
Anglicans, Methodists and Salvation Army "soldiers" danced to "songs of hope" which were played with finesse by a percussion band.

A short prayer and then a sermon by Godfrey Gaga, the head of ZCC, targeted traditional healers for criticism.

 "What happened here is a reminder to all of us that we should not trust in traditional healers. The Bible says the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy.

"What happened here is an example of what happens when people associate themselves with the devil.
Whatever it is, this is the work of the devil. Ndozvinoitika kana vanhu vakaisa pfungwa ne tariro yavo pavanhu (This is what happens if people put their trust in other people)," said Gaga.

Located 30 km southeast of Harare, Chitungwiza is a bustling town infamous for disease outbreaks and vice but the blast has put it on the international map.

"We must go back to God, Chitungwiza go back to God. I know that this area is known for believing in traditional healers. Some people move from one house to another, one n'anga to another, from Zengeza 2 to Zengeza 4, up and down St Mary's," thundered Gaga.

A petrified neighbourhood and traumatised victims were assured that the "spirits of darkness" that were haunting them since the explosion on Monday last week had been eliminated.

"We are going to mobilise resources from the private sector to assist these families rebuild their houses, it is written that faith without works is dead. We must show our faith by doing something for these families.

"Ndororo Street from now on is a saint street because it is now a redeemed street. No more fear because the spirits of darkness have been removed," said Gaga.

With traditional healers conspicuously absent, Gaga urged Zimbabweans to shy away from old "pagan" practices.

Residents of Ndororo Street say they are now inundated by inquisitive people daily.

"I think we should put a toll gate and collect the proceeds from people who are coming here now and again. Some of the people who come here drive top of the range vehicles but don't leave us anything," said a local, Dumi Kapfeni.

Sangoma

Source: dailynews

Comments

Latest News

NRZ workers beg management to fire striking workers - The two month lo...

by Thobekile Zhou | 27 May 2016 | 824 Views

Wife instructs kids to poop and pee on hubby's bed

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1367 Views

Temba Mliswa to undergo DNA tests

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 2310 Views

Jailed sodomist pounces on prison inmate

by Abel Zhakata | 27 May 2016 | 1280 Views

Police looking for Hit and run motorists - Police are looking for two ...

by Tendai Gukutikwa | 27 May 2016 | 1332 Views

Pastor allegedly steals woman's house

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1141 Views

Prisoner escapes from Mutare Prison

by Liberty Dube | 27 May 2016 | 725 Views

Religious wars turn nasty

by Tendai Gukutikwa | 27 May 2016 | 863 Views

Zimbabwean driver arrested with cigarettes worth R6m

by Staff Reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1066 Views

Tsvangirai's absence to take off shine of Bulawayo demo - Indications ...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1654 Views

Grace snub Bulawayo ZimAsset conference

by Thobekile Zhou | 27 May 2016 | 1775 Views

PUBLIC NOTICE: Reservations of graves at Council cemeteries - PUBLIC N...

by City of Bulawayo | 27 May 2016 | 1802 Views

Woman marries sister's son, fall pregnant - A Mberengwa woman - Patric...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 3180 Views

Hooker use anointed oil to attract clients - A self confessed Nketa ho...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 2347 Views

Man steals hospital bed - A daring man from Vundu Flats in Makokoba at...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1757 Views

Asset declaration, a tool to prevent corruption - The recent announce...

by Sibusiso Ndlamini | 27 May 2016 | 939 Views

Mugabe the only President at Papua New Guinea summit - PRESIDENT Rober...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 2658 Views

Gukurahundi fundraising appeal for a crucial theatre play - In 1983 th...

by Thulani Nkala | 27 May 2016 | 1550 Views

Mugabe makes bold statement

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 3254 Views

No cash shortage in Victoria Falls - VICTORIA FALLS - At a time when m...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 2051 Views

Victoria Falls to rename 86 roads

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1113 Views

Mudenda roasted - BULAWAYO - Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda was h...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 2493 Views

Nyambirai loses to former employees - PROMINENT lawyer and business ty...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1702 Views

Zimbabwe's pensioners spooked - EIGHT years after Zimbabweans lost lif...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1398 Views

Mugabe slashes army retirement age - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's adminis...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 4480 Views

Turkish Airlines executives jet into Zimbabwe - GOVERNMENT says one of...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1614 Views

Mugabe shuts door on Mnangagwa - President Robert Mugabe's game plan f...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 4012 Views

Zanu-PF T-shirts saga rages on - The business impasse between South Af...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1356 Views

MDC-T rallies Bulawayo for anti-Zanu-PF demo - MDC-T yesterday rallied...

by Staff reporter | 27 May 2016 | 1461 Views

Entertainment

Sandy, Khuliyo show tickets selling like hotcakes - THE Sandra Ndebele...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 26 May 2016 | 1440 Views

Zimbabwe-born Olivier excels in SA music contest - Zimbabwe-born Jerem...

by Staff reporter | 25 May 2016 | 2319 Views

After Flashbacks and Setbacks press brief - A EDZAI ISU Theatre Arts P...

by Staff Reporter | 25 May 2016 | 571 Views

Gringo turns to music - "I am an artiste and have passion for acting. ...

by Sophia Chese-Msowa | 25 May 2016 | 2502 Views

Dj Zinhle dying to be in Bulawayo

by Thobekile Zhou | 24 May 2016 | 3638 Views
iBlog

Hp Omen 15-5116tx – The Next Generation Gaming Laptop

the hp omen 15-5116tx is being targeted at the performance hungry gamers. it comes in a single variant boasting an eye-catching attractive design. the notebook offers a slim, lightweight chassis and appears like a piece of art than an actual gaming... Read More
Sergey 11 June 2015 ago

What To Look For In Video Converter Software

looking for the best video converter software? you have to compare different video converters before making a purchase.the ability to watch video on different types of devices is a wonderful thing. not so wonderful are the compatibility issues that ... Read More
Sergey 19 June 2015 ago