Redcliff’s Madzibaba murdered for failing to reverse ‘runyoka’ spell
A faith healer from Redcliff died after a mob meted ‘instant justice’ on him after he had failed to heal a man suffering from runyoka/lunyoka.
According to local tradition, runyoka is a condition which affects a man who would have slept with a woman, who husband or partner had ‘centrally locked her’ and can result in the death of the man affected.
The faith healer, Tapiwa Mubaiwa, was beaten to death by an angry mob after he had failed to treat one Tony Siziba who was allegedly suffering from runyoka after he had bedded a married woman.
Siziba’s relatives and friends had taken him to Mubaiwa who promised to treat the matter within minutes and demanded a cow upfront as his payment.
Unfortunately for Mubaiwa, he failed to deliver on his promise and the mob which was incensed at having paid the cow quickly descended on him and beat him up severely until he lost consciousness.
He later died while he was being transported to a hospital.
After realising what they had done the perpetrators, Edmore Mpofu, Anderson Tshuma, Tony Siziba, and a Denford went into hiding.
Mpofu was later apprehended and appeared before Kwekwe Magistrate Miss Vimbai Mtukwa facing a murder charge. He was denied bail and remanded in custody to May 7.