Ivan Zhakata Court Reporter
The matter in which former Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister and ex-Mashonaland East governor Aeneas Chigwedere (pictured right) is accused of witchcraft by his son, Magwiza, is now before the Marondera Civil Court. Magwiza Chigwedere yesterday served his father with summons to appear before the Marondera Civil Court for a full inquiry into the allegations levelled against him.
The date for the hearing is yet to be set by the Marondera Clerk of Court. The matter was recently referred to Marondera Civil Court by Harare Civil Court resident magistrate Mr Brighton Pabwe, who said the Harare court had no jurisdiction over issues that happened in Marondera where both parties reside.
He dismissed the matter and ordered Magwiza to approach the Marondera court if he wished to pursue the matter further. Chigwedere is being sued for allegedly practising witchcraft and possessing goblins that have reportedly terrorised his clan.
According to papers filed by Magwiza, the erstwhile minister has reportedly caused untold suffering to his children and the extended family. Also being sued is his wife, Emilia Zharare Chigwedere, stepmother to Magwiza. The Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association (Zinatha) has also been cited as a third respondent.
Magwiza wants Zinatha to use its expertise to rid the family of the goblins.