Two Villagers Found Dead After Disappearing Into A Pool While In A ‘Trance’
Two of the three villagers from Mapanzure communal lands who last week on Friday disappeared after plunging into a pool while in an alleged trance have been found dead.
Bodies of the two unnamed males from Tazvigwira village were found floating in a pool in Musogwezi River by villagers on Thursday evening.
The third villager, a young woman from the same village is still missing, The Herald reports.
Villagers, together with traditional leaders, have been performing rituals on the banks of Musogwezi River from the time the trio plunged into the water.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa today confirmed that the bodies of two missing villagers had been found floating in a pool.
Villagers blocked the police sub-aqua unit from participating in the search and rescue mission, insisting on using traditional methods to help them return alive.
iHarare had reported that according to police, Victor Tazvigwira (41) and Blessed Dhombo (age not given) both of Tazvigwira village in the area, who also jumped into the water, re-emerged and were rescued after a prayer session led by Pastor Amos Chituru (49) of Manyangadze village in Mutasa, Manicaland.
Meanwhile, the three people have not been seen since last week, and relatives are said to be now conducting rituals for their safe return.
According to police, Pastor Chituri was invited to Tazvigwira village for prayers at Zishiri homestead on July 14.
He then reportedly prophesied that Victor needed to be cleansed in a river.
On July 16, Victor and his relatives teamed up with Pastor Chituri and went to Musogwezi River where they prayed while on the banks of the river.
In other news, iHarare had reported that a self-proclaimed prophet was hauled before the court after four of his congregants assaulted a church member over his witchcraft prophecy.
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