Faith healing session ends in tragedy

What started as a faith healing session ended in tragedy in Zaka when two juveniles from the same family died recently after drinking a concoction that had been prepared by a self-styled faith healer.

Nicholas (7) and Kudakwashe Magudu (3) of Rwatirera Village under Chief Nhema died after complaining of severe stomach pains and diarrhoea after drinking a mixture of water and a liquid from an unknown herb that had been administered to the whole family by the prophet.

Police suspect the concoction might have been poison and the self-styled prophet, together with the father of the siblings, have since been arrested.

It is alleged that the father took his whole family for a church service where he ordered his wife and their three children to return home for a healing session. The self-styled faith healer and the father later took the concoction and gave it to the whole family.

After consuming the medicine, the deceased began to complain of stomach aches and diarrhoea. The two juveniles allegedly died the following morning and their bodies where taken to Musiso Hospital for a post-mortem.

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The Herald, Zimbabwe
Feb. 19, 2004

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