Traditional healers freed on bail in $32 000 scam

Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
TWO Malawian traditional healers who reportedly duped a Harare woman of more than $32 000 after promising to bring back her lover and a botched anointing oil deal were granted $500 bail last Friday. Chibagali Bagga Kalumbi (35) and Nasir Stizz Namampetiwa (34) were ordered to surrender their passports by Harare magistrate Mr Francis Mapfumo.

Prosecutor Mrs Idah Maromo alleged that in January this year Kalumbi and Namampetiwa placed an advertisement in a newspaper stating that they were traditionalists from Malawi capable of bringing back lost lovers, boosting businesses and healing complex ailments. The woman responded and contacted the accused’s accomplice Joseph Kaunda, who is on the run.

Kaunda asked to meet the woman at Park Town shops in Waterfalls and they went to a house near the shopping centre where she was introduced to Kalumbi and Namampetiwa.

She pleaded for the return of her lost lover. The three demanded $50 in consultation fees. They advised the woman to return the following day as they wanted to consult their ancestral spirits that night. The three later demanded $1 200 and two goats which they said they wanted to use as a sacrifice. After two weeks, the trio demanded four beasts to complete the sacrifice.

The cattle, valued at $1 200, were to be burnt and the ashes thrown into the river. After realising that the woman was easy prey, the three lured her into a business of supplying anointing oil to Prophet Magaya. She contributed $30 000 on the promise that the trio would raise the same amount to make it $60 000. The traditionalists disappeared from the day they were handed the $30 000. They were no longer available on their mobile phones. The woman spotted them and caused their arrest. She lost $32 550 and nothing was recovered.