TORN APART with BOYD PHIRI
GETTING conned out of your hard-earned cash by four foreign witchdoctors can be more painful, especially if you are a teacher.
Obviously, one would expect a teacher to teach witchdoctors a lesson or two, but it was not the case with a Luanshya school teacher recently.
According to a recent story in the Daily Mail, four Ugandans allegedly swindled a school teacher of Kamirenda township out of K21,740 cash.
The con men told the teacher that they had the powers to multiply his cash to K330,000.
Of course, the amount he wanted was less than the K1,310,000 jackpot, but all the same, thatâ€™s what he wanted.
According to Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga, the teacher had a financial challenge, which forced him to check one of the local newspapers.
In the newspaper, he saw an advert on a witchdoctor who professed to have powers of ending peopleâ€™s financial woes.
Obviously, the teacher did not go to one of the shops in the hood to buy a lottery ticket.
All he needed to do was to locate the witchdoctor whose advert he saw in the newspaper.
But instead of finding more money at the fetish shrine, he found himself at the police inquiries desk explaining that he had been swindled out of his thousands.
I am sure he cursed himself for not putting his money in a savings account to multiply with interest.
A savings account is one of the available to consumers, letting one store his or her cash securely and earn interest on the money.
But it seems in the hood, the idea of a savings account is seen through the prism of witchdoctors.
Who would not want to jump on this opportunity to make more money for a holiday in the Bahamas?
But as the teacher came to learn, it is not all that simple to get your money multiplied by witchdoctors.
Donâ€™t you just hate witchdoctors? Even when their charms fail, they play abracadabra with your money.
Perhaps it was the first time the teacher was interacting with the witchdoctors in the hood.
It is not like the witchdoctors were members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) at one of the schools in Luanshya.
Perhaps, if the four witchdoctors were PTA members, some headmasters in Luanshya would have warned the teacher.
I know, for some people, the mention of a witchdoctor conjures up memories of enlargement of this and that.
But this is not to say that the teacher approached the witchdoctor with a view to learning about enlarging his private parts, but the thing is, he wanted more money in the pocket.
Of course, the witchdoctor is not a bank manager to negotiate a loan with.
All the same, the school teacher believed the traditional doctor had a solution to his financial woes.
I donâ€™t know how many Mercedes Benzes and limos the teacher wanted to buy, but all I know is that he wanted more money to enjoy his life.
Although the police have arrested the four Ugandans, it is not yet known if the cops would force them to multiply the teacherâ€™s money to K330,000.
The truth is, the teacher will have to go back to the drawing board and find a formula on how to multiply his K21,740 to K330,000.
However, having said that, the issue of witchdoctors swindling people is not knew. Many witchdoctors profess to have powers of solving peopleâ€™s financial problems, but they end up solving their own financial problems.
It is not only the teacher who should learn something from such cases but every one in the hood.
The message has been loud and clear from the police, be wary of con men who profess to be witchdoctors, especially those who claim that they can solve peopleâ€™s problems.
The fetish shrine is not the best place to go if you want to have your money multiplied.
TORN APART with BOYD PHIRI