Last year Elmet Mbewe and Christine Nyamupandu were jailed for pretending to be witches in Budiriro. The pair was allegedly hired by a “prophet” so that he could prove his “powers” and gain more clients

The injustice of witchcraft accusation

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday It’s a belief tied to prevailing superstitions, difficult social and economic situations, and natural disasters, lack of rain, personal rivalry or jealousies

Some of men’s strange habits

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “My husband left me for the maid on 2 June 2006, between 8am and 10 am,” the woman having blonde tips added to her hair weave said. She was sitting right next to me and we b...

Our insatiable desire to consume

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday MANY years ago, when we lived in the village, we did not have enough clothes. One day my mother took two buckets of her newly harvested groundnuts to Mr Jack’s store. Mr Jac...
Folk tales had a moral or educational message in them

Balancing knowledge from our past

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Each day, we rely on any knowledge coming from everywhere through various social media. At times, we are forced to select whether the medicines thrown in our faces outside s...
dog

Our love-hate relationship with dogs

Dr Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Like most dog names around, a dog’s name is not just a dog’s name. It serves to convey a message, usually in defiance or resistance to whatever conflict was happening in ...

In praise of the village community spirit

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday We have a community crisis at the nutrition garden right next to the village bush pump. Our vegetable garden is dry and empty because people are fighting over how and who sh...

Lost brothers in the Diaspora

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday Every family has embarrassing secrets. Back in the village, we had many. But the most well-known secret was that of our uncle, Babamunini Nyika, who was an irresponsible you...

Lessons from the Japanese

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “My sister, in Uganda they used to say, if you do not speak English, you are uneducated. Now you come here to Japan and you see the way the Japanese are doing business in th...
ZIMBABWE WATER

An urban life without water

Sekai Nzenza On Wednesday In  one section of Chitungwiza, an outer suburb of Harare, some children under 10 years old walk to the “toilet” at the same time.  “But that is not possible,” I tell my nie...
FOOD AID

Tragic dependency on food aid

Sekai Nzenza on Wednesday “We do not have to work for food like we used to do in the old days any more. We have donors, my friend. They give us food,” says our village neighbour Jemba, rolling his ci...