Woman loses $32 000 trying to win back boyfriend

Fungai Lupande Court Reporter\r\n\r\nA Harare woman allegedly lost $32 000 to two Malawian traditional healers while trying to win back the affection of her boyfriend.\r\n\r\nChibagali Bagga Kalumbi (35) and Nasir Stizz Namampetiwa (34) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe today charged with fraud.\r\n\r\nProsecutor Mrs Idah Maromo alleged that in January this year, Kalumbi and Namampetiwa placed an advert in a local newspaper in which they claimed they were traditionalists from Malawi capable of bringing back lost lovers, boosting business and healing complex ailments.\r\n\r\nThe complainant responded and contacted the pair’s accomplice, Joseph Kaunda, who is on the run.\r\n\r\nKaunda requested to meet the woman at Park Town shops in Waterfalls.\r\n\r\nIt is alleged that the woman and Kaunda proceeded to a house near the shopping centre where she was introduced to Kalumbi and Namampetiwa.\r\n\r\nThe woman said she wanted her boyfriend back following a separation.\r\n\r\nThe trio demanded $50 as consultation fees.\r\n\r\nThey advised the woman to return the following day after lying they wanted to first consult their ancestral spirits over night.\r\n\r\nThey allegedly demanded $1 200 and two goats which they needed to cast into a flowing river as part of winning the man’s love back.\r\n\r\nThey went to Manyame River along Harare-Masvingo road where she remained in the car while the trio went to the river to allegedly cast the money and goats into the river. After two weeks the trio demanded four beasts to complete the process.\r\n\r\nThe cattle, valued at $1 200, were to be burnt and the ashes thrown into the river. After realising that the complainant was easy prey, the trio allegedly lured her into a business to supply anointing oil to Prophet Walter Magaya.\r\n\r\nThe complainant allegedly gave $30 000 to the trio who claimed to have contributed the same amount. They then disappeared for two weeks.\r\nTheir mobile phones were no longer available.\r\n\r\nShe accidentally spotted them this September, leading to their arrest. She lost $32 550 and nothing was recovered. The suspects were remanded in custody to tomorrow for bail application.