Thirteen ‘children’ of Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries were reportedly kidnapped by a Nyazura sangoma who accused the church of broadcasting one of her tools of the trade on Yadah Television channel which she claimed belittled her healing powers.
The PHD followers – Secret Makorenga, Saul Kadyamadare, Clever Mbirimi, James Shiripinda, Nyaradzo Butau, Innocent Chimhau, Caroline Kaseke, Rebecca Munetsi, Canna Munyara, Tendai Mudyiwa, Diana Muchafa, Melody Muchafa and Jonas Muchafa – were allegedly held hostage by 50-year old traditional healer, Venencia Donda, of Plot Number 1 Kairezi B, Nyazura.
The victims had accompanied one of their members and the healer’s former client, Jonas Muchafa to return “numinous stuff” that he had been given as protection against nerve-wrecking evil spirits.
Muchafa and his relatives had consulted the sangoma over mysterious goings-on in their family when he was given the magical stuff.
But on second thoughts, they decided to seek deliverance from Prophet Walter Magaya who told the Muchafas that they had been given an evil stuff and ordered them to return it to the healer.
But the family, who feared for their lives, requested for security from Prophet Magaya. He then instructed members of the church to accompany the Muchafas to the traditional healer’s home in Nyazura. They complied and went with the Muchafas in two kombis.
On arrival, Donda refused to accept them and rejected the stuff. She accused PHD Ministries of undermining her healing powers on television.
She then instructed her seven aides to block the 13 from leaving her homestead.
One of the aides, Mathius Donda, 52, was ordered to use a Toyota Surf vehicle belonging to the traditional healer to block the only entrance to the homestead, thus preventing the PHD followers from leaving.
The PHD Ministries followers had come in two vehicles. While the entrance was blocked, Donga’s aides surrounded the PHD Ministries vehicles, forcing the church members to sleep in the two kombis the whole night. They were released the following day at around 11AM.
The traditional healer and her seven aides – Mathius Donda, 52, Michael Donda, 45, Davison Chigwengwendere, 45, Murahwa Bvekerwa, 32, Unice Donda, 44, Esnath Wapiya, 31 and Jambo Manyanga, 37, – now face charges of kidnapping.
They have been served with summons to appear at Rusape magistrates’ courts to answer to the criminal charge on May 26.
Sophie Matimba assisted by Meme Zvimba, both of Zvimba Legal Practitioners, is representing the eight.