Woman loses $32 000 in bid to win back ex

The trial of two Malawian traditional healers who conned a Harare woman of $32 000 on the pretext of reuniting her with her erstwhile boyfriend has been postponed to November 24 after the State requested time to bring its witnesses. File picture of a traditional healer Harare magistrate Ms Sharon Rakafa postponed the trial to November 24. Chibagali Bagga Kalumbi (35) and Nasir Stizz Namampetiwa (34) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe yesterday charged with fraud. Prosecutor Mr Progress Maringamoyo alleged that in January this year, Kalumbi and Namampetiwa placed an advertisement in a local newspaper. They claimed to be traditional healers from Malawi capable of bringing back lost lovers, boosting business and healing complex ailments. Joyleen Munduna responded and contacted the pair’s accomplice, Joseph Kaunda, who is on the run. Kaunda requested to meet the woman at Parktown shops in Waterfalls, Harare. It is alleged that the woman and Kaunda proceeded to a house near the shopping centre where she was introduced to Kalumbi and Namampetiwa.  Munduna said she wanted her boyfriend back whom she had unceremoniously separated from. The trio demanded $50 consultation fee. They advised Munduna to return the following day after lying that they wanted to first consult their ancestral spirits that night. They allegedly demanded $1 200 and two goats which were to be dumped into a flowing river as sacrifice. The following day, they went to Manyame River along Harare-Masvingo highway where Munduna remained in the car while the trio went to the river to throw the money and goats. After two weeks the trio demanded four beasts to complete the sacrifice. It is the State case that Munduna proceeded to her rural home in Hurungwe where she brought four cattle valued at $1 200 and took them to the duo, who after two days advised her that they had burnt the cattle and thrown the ashes into the river as a way of sacrifice again. The court heard that the trio allegedly lured Munduna into the business of supplying anointing oil to Prophet Walter Magaya. Munduna contributed $30 000 to the trio who claimed to have contributed the same amount. The pair then disappeared for two weeks, and their mobile phones became unavailable. She spotted them some time in September, leading to their arrest.

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