TWO women paraded in court as suspected witches after being found dressed only in skin-tights outside a house in Harare’s Budiriro suburb may have been willing participants in an elaborate hoax, it has emerged.
Relatives of the duo – who were found with a live owl and an assortment of witchcraft-associated paraphernalia – have also revealed that the names they used during their court appearance were FALSE.
The sensational new revelations could provide a key to a puzzle that had perplexed a nation and pitted scientists – who dismissed the idea of people flying 400km in winnowing baskets – against traditionalists who insist witches can fly.
Here’s what I gleaned from this story: They claimed to be possessed by evil spirits. The used to work as prostitutes. They were hired by some “prophet” (not sure what that means in this context, could be “healer”) to pretend to have special powers to attract more business (as prostitutes, I presume). Their families are mortified. I can’t see for the life of me how this relates to any “puzzle” about flying witches. Maybe this is just a version of a gossip rag in Zimbabwe.