By Peter Chivhima
Two self-proclaimed prophets who duped a Harare man property worth US$30 000 for purported goblin cleansing services are set to stand trial on the 23rd of next month.
Circumstances are that in October last year, Roderick Murefu and Gutsai Chikoto, together with their accomplices who are still at large, masqueraded and misrepresented facts to Douglas Sauti that they were prophets who offer spiritual deliverance under a certain Madzibaba sect in Kuwadzana 3 in Harare.
It is alleged that the accused persons told Sauti that there were goblins at his place of residence in Tynwald which needed to be removed.
Further allegations are that the duo charged Sauti US$8 000 for the cleansing services and another US$8 000 for returning the goblins to the original owner whom they claimed was in Mount Darwin.
After the alleged cleansing ceremony, Sauti could not pay the full amount and surrendered his Toyota Prado vehicle and a Mercedes Benz 8-tonne truck as collateral.
However, the court further heard that according to Sauti, the cleansing ceremony was not successful, prompting him to report the matter to the police, leading to the arrest of Murefu and Chikoto.
In another case, a suspected fraudster Memory Mugabe appeared in court facing allegations of fraud.
Allegations are that in June 2021 Mugabe misrepresented facts to Patricia Sigauke who was staying abroad, that she would purchase two residential stands for her – one in Rydale Ridge and another in Chishawasha.
The court heard that Sigauke paid more than US$11 000 to Mugabe, but nothing was recovered.
In her initial court appearance on Saturday, Mugabe was remanded in custody to this Monday for bail application.