The two ladies who were accused of engaging in practices associated with witchcraft in Zimbabwe this week revealed their true names as Elmet Mbewe and Christine Nyamupandu from Landas Business Centre in Chihota.
They appeared before a Mbare magistrate for routine remand on Thursday.
Mbewe and Nyampandu disassociate themselves from witchcraft, saying they were hired by a “prophet” from Harare’s Budiriro suburb, Alfred Mupfumbati (30), as a publicity stunt to earn him more followers.
The two women were caught while undressed with paraphernalia associated with witchcraft at a house in Harare’s Budiriro suburb on September 10 .They were roaming around in Budiriro and attracting crowds.
- they gave their names to the police as Maria Moyo (30) and Chipo Chakaja (26) and said they were from Gokwe.
Court ordered that the two women’s mental health be examined before their trial commences on October 7.
The self styled prophet where the two Mbewe and Nyampandu were discovered without clothes -Mupfumbati will also be charged with the women for engaging in practices associated with witchcraft.
The women are being charged under section 98 (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly engaging in a practice commonly associated with witchcraft.