Goblin beheaded in Zimbabwe, house explodes killing five

Whoa. Goblin beheading. Where are the pictures?! Sadly, only dead people are found. This story is a whopper, exactly the kind we mean to cover here. This is an update from a story last week about the explosion.


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.

  15 comments for “Goblin beheaded in Zimbabwe, house explodes killing five

  1. January 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    That troubled me as well. What if the “Goblin” was a person?!

  2. January 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Also a possibility.

  3. rebecca mackey
    January 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    apparently someone making up an incredibly stupid story as a coverup

  4. Adam
    January 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Do not taunt dynamite goblin.

  5. spookyparadigm
    January 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Isn’t this the same story from last week, but an update? If I had to guess, it is either as noted by Rebecca above, a cover story for either a crime or accident with a more mundane nature. Or possibly an attempt at slight-of-hand sorcery (think psychic surgery) gone wrong (there was supposed to be a pyrotechnic special effect of some sort, but it accidentally made something else, like a propane tank, explode).

  6. January 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Yes. It does seem to be. I missed the connection. Weird things constantly go on around there is seems. But I made the link now.

  7. Massachusetts
    January 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Yes, especially a child, with all the “child witch” stuff we hear about, and all the scams and such associates with that.

    Also, I remember there was a story circulating about a mystical creature people had killed on a rooftop last year and it turned out to be an inoffensive Bush Baby, I believe.

  8. Massachusetts
    January 28, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    A Goblin to bring you money? The Goblins in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings don’t seem to bring anything but trouble. If people would only read…

  9. Jen
    January 29, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    You hear stories like this every day in Africa. To them it’s just part of everyday life. Witch craft etc is present all the time. They do sincerely believe in these things 110%, I’ve talked to many very educated people as well and they too believe in witches and zombies etc.

  10. January 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Goblins are actually baboons. Read more about african “goblins”, for instance, here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/9093657/Girls-at-Zimbabwe-school-attacked-by-goblins.html

  11. Richard Cornford
    January 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Still, we can be pretty certain that an no point any baboon started “to make extreme demands.”

  12. January 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Stick to domestic goblins, they’re far less volatile. And make sure they’ve been branded by a government inspector!

  13. Don McCoy
    January 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    “I’ve talked to many very educated people as well and they too believe in witches and zombies etc.” LMAO! Obviously, they weren’t TOO well educated! Sounds like they could stand to take a critical thinking class…or maybe just some science classes?

  14. January 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Shona (one of the main ethnic groups in Zimbabwe) witchdoctors (nganda) use a substance referred to as mafuta in witch-cleansing and spirit-cleansing. Mafuta is a generic name for diesel or patrol. So probably the nganda doused the house with petrol and… kaboom!

  15. February 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    This sounds more like a robbery followed by drastic means to coverup the crime. No mention of Mr Kamuyedza’s personal history. Did he recently acquire an inheritance? Was he known to suffer from delusions?

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