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Spirit medium evicted

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A SPIRIT medium claiming to be possessed by the spirit of Mbuya Nehanda, Mary Kazungu, was yesterday evicted from a place she was staying together with 22 members of her entourage near Henderson Research Station.

Report by Kupakwashe Makonye Own Correspondent
They were dumped with their belongings near businessman James Makamba’s defunct Blue Ridge Spar supermarket along the Harare-Bindura Road. When NewsDay visited the area yesterday, police were still camped at her place.

It is understood that armed police raided Kazungu’s homestead on the shores of Mazowe Dam yesterday and ordered her to load her belongings into a Nissan UD truck. Kazungu and her subjects could be seen milling around a place along the road.

Kazungu told NewsDay she had sent her representatives to alert President Robert Mugabe over their eviction. She claimed the police did not give reasons for the eviction, except to say they were carrying out orders from their superiors. She, however, suspected it could be linked to gold deposits discovered at the site.

“I relocated to this place from Dande in 2000 after Nehanda’s spirit led me here saying it was her place, therefore someone had to live there,” Kazungu said. “It is not the first time to be evicted from the place, I was once chased away from the place and the decision was later reversed after President Mugabe ordered that I should return to the place as he knew about the area. I am not the one who brought myself here, but it is Nehanda, so they should let her know that I am leaving the area. The last time when the President ordered that I should remain here, soldiers brewed beer at my homestead and apologised to Nehanda. The President should know that the controversy has begun again.”

Chief Negomo, under whose jurisdiction the area falls, said he was not aware of the incident.

“We normally receive reports on issues like these, but they did not lodge a complaint,” he said.

Repeated efforts to get a comment from Mashonaland Central governor Martin Dinha were fruitless as he was not reachable last night.

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