Five members of the same family were charged with the murder of Prophet Shamiso Kanyama who had been called to their home in the village of Mazonde, Zimbabwe to help them cleanse their house of evil spirits.
According to local newspaper, Zed 24 News, the accused family identified as Leanmore Mutero, Tonderai Muswere, Michael Muchengeti, Manasa Mutero and Nicholas Mutero, appeared at the High Court in Harare facing a murder charge for participating in the death of self-professed Prophet Shamiso Kanyama, who accidentally died during a healing ceremony.
Pastor Kanyama had reportedly asked his followers
to bury him alive so that he could summon more cleansing powers to heal
the family that had been plagued by mysterious deaths.
Justice Owen Tagu heard how on that day, the late pastor had been
invited to attend the home in the Muzarabani district, which is situated
along the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, by their priest, Zvidzai
clean their home of evil spirits, because it was causing mysterious
deaths in their family.
ceremony, Kanyama had ordered his followers to dig a grave and bury him
alive because that was the way he summoned more healing powers to ward
off evil spirits. However, the plan backfired on the prophet when
instead of being resurrected as he supposed, the men dug up the grave
again to find him dead.
and jumping inside, Father Zvidzai, who has turned State witness, told
the High Court. He continued that after laying face down in the grave,
he ordered his followers to start covering him with soil.
in the process of filling the grave, he requested the men to stop what
they were doing, Joseph Taderera told Justice Tagu.
them to continue the process of burying him alive, stating that he would
rise from the grave unharmed.
actions, but my advice fell on deaf ears because Kanyama shouted,
telling me that I am disturbing his angels, and urged them to continue
filling the grave, saying that he would later come out alive,” Taderera said.