A woman identified as Gogo Nenohwe has been arraigned in court for witchcraft after she was caught allegedly breastfeeding a giant snake in Nenohwe Village, Zimbabwe.
According to local reports, a 12-year-old girl said she saw Gogo Nenohwe breastfeeding the snake while uttering names of fellow villagers whom she wanted her pet to deal with.
“I saw Gogo Nenohwe breastfeeding a very big snake which had a red cloth and beads tied around it. After breastfeeding it, she took out a plate of food and fed the snake.
“I did not see what food she was feeding it, but I heard her muttering names of fellow villagers and telling the snake to deal with them,” she said.
It was learnt that the young girl reported the incident to two elderly friends – Gogo Savie Nenohwe and Gogo Ethel Sithole – and realized that they were not taking any action, she told other villagers.
The case was also brought before the village head, Ms Molline Nenohwe’s attention, who then took the issue before Chief Mutambara’s court.
The two women were then summoned to the traditional leader’s court last Saturday, to know why they never took any action after the minor brought the matter to their attention.
“Why is it that when this girl told you that she had seen your friend breastfeeding a snake at your house you did not take any action? It is clear that this girl is traumatised by what she saw,” said Chief Mutambara.
In her defence, Gogo Sithole said when the girl brought the matter to her attention, she could not travel to the chief’s court to make a report.
“I did not have money to bring the matter to your court. I also did not confront Nenohwe because I knew that once I confronted her, I would need to bring the matter before the chief’s court, yet I couldn’t do that at that moment,” she said.
But Gogo Sithole’s niece, Maria, said she knew about the incident because she used to share a room with the snake.
“I used to sleep in the room where Gogo Nenohwe was seen breastfeeding the snake. The snake stays in that room. I stopped using the room because of that and begged my aunt to move me to another room. Sometimes the snake comes out to bask in the sun,” said Maria, “
Other villagers in Nenohwe Village also said they have come across a giant snake that has a red cloth tied around it. Villagers say the snake has been spotted basking in the sun at Gogo Sithole’s homestead.
A visit to a white garment prophetess, Madzimai Loice Mukono. revealed that the snake that resides at Gogo Sithole’s homestead is used by the ladies for witchcraft.
The alleged witch, Gogo Nenohwe, remained tight-lipped during the hearing and refused to entertain the media after the court session.
The prophetess, Madzimai Mukono said she is now on a mission to capture the snake.
“We went to Gogo Sithole’s homestead to capture the snake on Monday, but failed to do so as a multitude had gathered to witness the drama.
“We will go back later this week and we hope to succeed in our mission. After capturing the snake, we will bring it to the chief’s court,” she said.
KanyiDaily had reported also how a 43-year-old housewife, Bisola Awodele, was arrested for allegedly pouring hot water on her husband whom she accused of drunkenness and not responsible for the family welfare.