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Witchdoctor sent to prison for duping Mugabe

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    Witchdoctor sent to prison for duping Mugabe



    [​IMG] FILE | NATION Witchdoctor Mavhunga splashes ministers with diesel. She was jailed for misleading the Cabinet.




    By KITSEPILE NYATHI, NATION Correspondent


    HARARE


    A witchdoctor who misled Zimbabwean

    President Robert Mugabe’s entire Cabinet into

    believing that petroleum was oozing from a rock

    has been jailed for 27 months.


    President Mugabe went to the extent of setting

    up a Cabinet committee to investigate how the

    country could benefit from the “discovery” after

    Rottina Mavhunga claimed to have discovered

    refined diesel at a mountainous area.


    Mavhunga hosted several ministerial delegations

    at her shrine and was paid thousands of dollars

    as she sent the government on a wild goose

    chase. She cleverly exploited a fuel shortage that

    had gripped Zimbabwe for more than five years.


    A magistrate in Chinhoyi, about 100km from

    Harare, said the witchdoctor deserved a

    custodial sentence as the government had

    channelled money to her fake project and which

    was now lost.


    “The court cannot be faulted for saying that the

    offences were premeditated and diligently

    executed.


    “Many people became gullible owing to the crisis

    the country was under and accepted an unknown

    phenomenon.


    “The accused lied to the nation for self-

    actualisation and personal benefit. Your trickery

    brought despondency in the nation during a dry

    period,” the magistrate said while passing

    sentence.


    Mavhunga blamed the diesel claim on spirit

    possession. She said she does not know if the

    diesel exists.


    The government later discovered that Mavhunga

    and her accomplices were drawing diesel from

    tanks left by a white commercial farmer who lost

    his farm during President Mugabe’s controversial

    land reforms.


    Mugabe’s close ally and Zimbabwe’s registrar-

    general, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede, who allegedly

    sheltered Mavhunga when she was being sought

    by police, was also criticised.



    Mavhunga faces another charge after she

    allegedly exchanged a stone weighing 18kg,

    claiming it was gold, for a cow.
     
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