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Kitwe woman accuses brother of being wizard

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Kitwe
A KITWE woman has accused her brother of being a wizard, in a spooky incidence where a concoction caught fire and a buffaloe’s head appeared when the two were consulting a witchdoctor.
During the bizarre episode, Lydia Musamba, took the incidence as proof that her brother Peter Musamba, bewitched her son when the two (Lydia and Peter) sought the services of a witchdoctor to establish the cause of her child’s illness.
Appearing before senior Local court magistrate Nsama Mutono was Musamba, 57, who dragged Lydia to court for defamation of character.
Musamba, of Kawama township told the court that on December 2, 2015, his sister publicly accused him of being a wizard.
He said he told his sister that there was need for them to consult a witchdoctor to prove his (Musamba’s) innocence and to also establish the cause of the child’s illness.
According to Musamba, the two visited the witchdoctor who ordered them to make a concoction of glycerine and chilli after which he (witchdoctor) prayed over it.
But while he prayed, Musamba said, fire came out of the bottle and a head of a buffalo dropped from nowhere much to their dismay.
“Your honour, the fall of that buffaloe’s head was to my sister proof that am a wizard. In rage, Lydia went outside the room and began accusing me of bewitching her son,” Peter said.
And Lydia said she and Musamba sought the services of a witchdoctor to establish the cause of her son’s illness.
She added that she believed Musamba was behind her child’s illness because of the bizarre outcome of the consultation.
The court said Lydia dented her brother’s image and defamed Musamba by calling him a wizard in public.
She ordered Lydia to compensate Musamba by paying K1, 600 in monthly instalments of K200.

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