Man Murders Uncle After Accusing Him Of Possessing A Goblin:
In a sad report from Karoi, a 28-year-old Karoi man assaulted his elderly uncle to death accusing him of possessing a blood-sucking goblin believed to have been the source of mysterious deaths in the family.
The accused who was identified as Anyway Kugotsi appeared before Chinhoyi magistrate Melody Rwizi facing murder charges.
He was remanded in custody and advised to apply for bail through the High Court. The deceased Themba Kugotsi was the younger brother to Anyway’s late father.
According to iHarare, on 9 January 2021, Anyway’s young sister Munashe drowned while trying to cross a flooded river. Anyway consulted a prophet to ascertain who and what had caused the sudden death.
It was also reported that two years back, following his father’s sudden death, Anyway had again visited another prophet to establish who and what had caused his parent’s demise.
In both separate instances, Anyway was told that his uncle Themba kept a blood-sucking tokoloshi (goblin) which was behind the mysterious deaths of family members and was warned it could wipe out the entire extended family.
On 13 January 2021, Themba visited Anyway to pass his condolences over Munashe’s death.
Five days later, on 18 January at around 7:30 pm, Anyway went to his uncle’s homestead where he confronted and accused him of practising witchcraft he claimed was the source of deaths on family members, this is when a misunderstanding ensued.
The State further alleges that Anyway picked a log and struck his uncle several times all over his body.
Themba fled into the darkness and went missing only to be found dead at a nearby bush two days later following the severe attack.