Cleansing ceremony leaves man dead

VICTORIA FALLS – Four faith healers from a local apostolic church have been arrested for allegedly causing the drowning of a Chinotimba man in front of his family in a cleansing ceremony that turned tragic.

Police in Victoria Falls have confirmed the incident, which they say happened on Sunday at about 5pm at Masue river just outside the resort town along the Victoria Falls-Bulawayo road.

It is understood that the healers instructed the man to kneel in the water, and dipped him several times until he could not talk.

The name of the deceased has been withheld as police investigations continue while the healers, including the church leader, are in custody helping with investigations.