Chirumanzi teacher loses witchcraft case

Mvuma – A former teacher at Gonawapotera High School at Chaka in Chirumhanzu,  Ipai Takavarasha who had taken three people from the area to court after accusing them of labelling her a witch has got her case dismissed.

Takavarasha reported 10 people to the Police for allegedly calling her a witch. She alleged that the said people had called her a witch when the local community converged at Gonawapotera and forcibly removed her from the school because of strained relationship between her and the community.

However, Takavarasha turned around and said out of the ten, there were only three people who called her a witch, resulting in the other seven being freed before the trial had started.

However, Magistrate Musaiona Shortgame acquitted the other three on Thursday last week and they are businessman Alphonse Mutero, his daughter Modesta and the third accused Plagia Chingovo.
Magistrate Shortgame said that the State could not find evidence that could nail the three to the crime.

He noted that the complainant’s statement to the Police when she reported her matter was different to the one she gave in court. The evidence, he said could therefore not lead to the conviction of the.

Takavarasha’s witnesses who could have helped embolden her case also failed to turn up for the court.
The complainant failed to turn up for the judgment.

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