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`I AM NOT A SATANIST’

VICTORIA KASANGA writes

@SunZambian

A 50-year-old business woman of Ndola has complained in a local court that her neighbor accused her and her husband of practising witchcraft and thus the community is associating them with Satanism in their business.

She said her neighbour had accused her of having bewitched her brother, who has since lost his mind.

In this case, Ms Maggie Phiri of Masala Chinese Complex sued her neighbour, Charity Mulenga 33 for compensation of insults and accusations of practising witchcraft.

She said people were now associating her business in Masala township with Satanism as a result of the accusations.

She told the court that on May 6, this year Ms Mulenga and her friend went to her shop and stared insulting her and her husband.

She said when she inquired, Ms Mulenga stripped naked in anger and only remained with her underwear and accused Ms Phiri and her husband of practising witchcraft.

The case was before Kabushi local court senior presiding magistrate Agnes Mulenga sitting with Mildred Namwizye and Evelyn Nalwizya.

She said Ms Mulenga accused her and her husband of having accumulated wealth through witchcraft and that the goods in the shop were acquired through ‘bloody’ money.

She said Ms Mulenga kept on shouting at the market, attracting people who almost looted the goods.

Ms Phiri said since then her family has no peace in the community because of the accusations and wherever they went, people mocked them.

In her statement, Ms Mulenga said in April this year she noticed that their brother was losing his mind and became violent.

Ms Mulenga said his brother told him that Ms Phiri’s husband, Mr Wishiki, took him to Twapia Township to a witchdoctor who performed ritual on him.

They then approached Mr Wishiki to reverse the rituals.

“When we went to Twapia, Ms Wishiki took us to a witchdoctor where my brother confessed having stolen items from Mr Wishiki’s shop,” she said.

She said the witchdoctor then asked them to pay K600 so that he could reverse the brother’s condition.

Ms Mulenga said from the time they paid the money, her brother had not improved instead he became more confused and extremely violent.

“We took him back to the witchdoctor who gave him medicine but his condition was not improving. Mr Wishiki refused to go back to the witchdoctor and my brother stayed with the witchdoctor for five days and he is still crazy,” she said.

In passing judgment, the court reconciled the two parties since they were neighbours and ordered them to live in peace.

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