Menacing goblins force Gwanda clinic to shut down
A clinic in Gwanda has had to shut down after goblins reportedly sexually assaulted nurses and other female support staff, forcing them to flee the health institution last week.
Happenings at Silikwe clinic, which is under Chief Mbiko Masuku in Matshetsheni area, have been blamed on suspected goblins linked to a local businessman.
The issue has forced the traditional leader to summon his subjects to a meeting today (Saturday) so that a solution is found.
Reports from Matshetsheni suggest that the suspected goblins strike during the night after the nurses have retired to bed, giving them sleepless nights.
After the nurses fled, the clinic was shut down, leaving villagers stranded.
Gwanda ward 1 councillor, Stanford Nkala, under Chief Mzimuni Mbiko Masuku said the nurses were experiencing sleepless nights as they were being sexually abused by the invisible ‘beings’, a development that led to the closure of the health institution.
“I have received this complaint from the nursing staff and the clinic is closed after female nurses ran away from being sexually assaulted by goblins. As authorities, we have engaged the services of traditional healers and a prophet who confirmed that indeed the nurses were being tormented by goblins,” said Cllr Nkala.
Another councillor from a neighbouring ward who declined to be named for professional reasons as this sad development is not under his jurisdiction said the owner of the goblins is a well-known and respected businessman.
“It is true that Silikwe nurses and villagers are being terrorised by goblins that are sexually assaulting females. Last week, villagers agreed to invite a prophet to come and cleanse the health institution,” he said.
Matabeleland South Provincial Medical Superintendent, Dr. Rutendo Manyathi could not confirm nor deny the closure of the clinic but promised to call back after she has received a report on the matter.
However, Cllr Nkala has since written a letter to members of the community and relevant stakeholders inviting them to a meeting that will be addressed by Chief Masuku this Saturday.
“The Chief is calling everyone from Matshetsheni village to attend his meeting at Silikwe clinic for the deliberation and way forward on what could be done in solving this problem,” reads part of the letter.
In 2016, the Ministry of Health and Child Care was forced to shut down Vulindlela Clinic in Bulilima District following reports of goblins that were terrorising nursing staff and patients at the clinic.
The goblins allegedly had sex with nurses and patients and also vandalised property at the clinic.
Chief Masuku confirmed the problem and promised to give a comprehensive statement next week.
“Phone me on Monday. I would have done something and will comment fully,” he said.
Gwanda district administrator Judge Dube said he only saw the issue on social media platforms and directed questions to the chief and Ministry of Health officials.
“I have only read about this on WhatsApp. I do not have the details. I think the district nursing officer can give you a true picture or the chief,” Dube said.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the clinic closed last week.
“The nurses complained about their sexual torment, which they said happened for a week. The matter was brought to the local leadership’s attention after the nurses had fled.”