A traditional healer and a survivor claim that the house in which they were carrying out a cleansing ceremony exploded after they beheaded a goblin. According to the story, a man acquired the goblin from a neighboring country to bring wealth and prosperity to his business. But the goblin became troublesome, making demands, so he needed to get rid of it. The ceremony cost him $15,000.
According to the traditional healer, Mr Kamuyedza acquired a money-spinning goblin from a nearby country to boost the fortunes of his transport business.
He, however, decided to dispose of it after it started “to make extreme demands.”
Mandere is said to have assembled a team of traditional healers including Ms Banda, to assist in conducting the ceremony.
Sekuru Shumba [the healer] beheaded the goblin. Clever (the businessman), subsequently, told his wife to collect the US$15 000 from their car that was parked outside.
“That is when Sekuru shouted that the goblin was fighting back. All I remember after that is a loud sound coming from the bedroom. The walls of the house crumbled. Virginia and I struggled to get outside.”
The mysterious blast killed five people, including Sekuru Shumba, the businessman and a seven-month-old child. Investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the explosion that also damaged 12 other houses.
From this tale, nothing hangs together or makes a whit of sense. We certainly can’t take this at face value. What do we make of this? What was this “goblin”? There is no description. Was it some animal? What caused the explosion? Many mysteries. It’s likely we WON’T hear much of a followup from Zimbabwe. If anyone finds any followup, let us know.
Check out this post about goblins in Zimbabwe. Curious critters, scapegoats for everything, especially involving women’s underwear.