From George Maponga in Masvingo (the Herald)
A Chivi man has sensationally admitted in court that he cut off the private parts of a fellow villager and mixed them with herbs to make a potion to sprinkle in a friend’s maize field in a bid to boost yields.
Self-proclaimed traditional healer Stanley Mutatisi (39) of Batorava Village under Chief Mandyangove said he believed the potion would ensure a bumper harvest.
Mutatisi and three alleged accomplices were arrested last week on charges of murdering and severing Jacob Ganyire’s genitals.
The other accused are Tafirei Tachiona (68), Nicholas Sarireni (35) and Robson Batorava, all of Batorava Village.
In his warned and cautioned statement to the police, which was confirmed at the Masvingo Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Mutatisi said he burnt Ganyire’s genitals and mixed the ash with something else to make a potion that he sprayed in a friend’s field at night.
He claimed the potion would result in bumper yields.
The four, who appeared before Masvingo provincial magistrate Mr Timeon Makunde facing murder charges, were not asked to plead.
They were remanded in custody to May 13. Mr Makunde advised the quartet to apply for bail at the High Court.
A passerby stumbled upon Ganyire’s body, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, a week after the alleged murder.
It is alleged that on April 17 the deceased was drinking beer with the suspects at a homestead in Batorava Village.
He took his leave and headed for his home at around 9pm, the State says.
The four allegedly followed Ganyire and waylaid him near a church in the village. The court was told that the four grabbed their victim by the neck and strangled and stabbed him several times with a knife.