Woman ‘possessed’ by Mbuya Nehanda in court

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A HARARE woman claiming to be possessed by the spirit of Mbuya Nehanda, pictured, found herself in court yesterday accused of disorderly conduct.

Lilian Chimonyo, 36, was allegedly nabbed while holding a placard inscribed “President ED Mnangagwa ndipei musoro wangu ndizorore”.

She was not asked to plead to the allegations when she appeared before Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko.
She was remanded into the custody of her sister with the court indicating that she will be medically examined.

Her lawyer Jeremiah Bamu told the court it was ironic that the State alleges that she is having mental challenges because she says she is possessed by the spirit of Mbuya Nehanda.

“It is ironic that the State is constructing a statue of Mbuya Nehanda, but says she is mad because she is possessed by the same Mbuya Nehanda,” he told the court.

It is the State’s case that on August 10, Chimonyo went to the corner of First Street and Nelson Mandela Avenue and produced the placard.

Allegations are that she attracted the attention of police officers who were on deployment resulting in her arrest.
Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti told the court that Chimonyo had revealed to the cops that she is possessed by Mbuya Nehanda.

He went on to apply for her to be mentally examined by two doctors and remanded her to November 4.

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