Ngezi Platinum Stars Football Club vice chairman Lawrence Nhongo (42) allegedly lost $6 400 to a traditional healer who pretended to render him spiritual help.
Daniel Kandodo (33) of Waterfalls appeared before Mbare magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma charged with theft, for duping the football administrator.
Kandodo denied the allegations and was remanded in custody to February 10. In his defence, he said Nhongo had concocted the allegations against him after he refused to fulfil his wish of killing a man he was sharing a girlfriend with.
Allegations are that on December 29 last year, Nhongo visited Kandodo at his home in Hopley.
The purpose of Nhongo’s visit was to seek assistance from Kandodo whom he believed to be a traditional healer.
The court heard that Kandodo ordered Nhongo to remove his shoes and trousers before bathing using ritual water.
It is alleged that while Nhongo was performing the rituals, Kandodo advised him that he was going to the shops to buy a chicken he wanted to use for more rituals. The State alleged that Kandodo then went away with three mobile phones worth $2 100 and $4 300 cash belonging to Nhongo.
The court heard that after Nhongo finished performing the bathing ritual, he realised that Kandodo had disappeared with his money and the cell- phones.
He reported the matter to the police, leading to Kandodo’s arrest . Nothing was recovered.