By Confidente Reporter
THE Windhoek City Police has warned the public to be cautious over services rendered by traditional witchdoctors saying that most times such dealings end negatively.
The warning comes after a Katutura B&B owner, Debby Shali took in a self-styled Tanzanian traditional doctor who after failing to pay accomodation allegedly turned against her by using his ‘powers’ and made her vomit hair and coins amongst other bizarre incidents.
City Police’s Enza Wilhelm recently told Confidente that two officers were dispatched to the residence where the traditional doctor had been staying adding that unfortunately the case could not be pursued because claims of witchcraft could not be proven.
“She (Shali) related that this man failed to pay for his accomodation and threatened her when she asked about the fees. This led to her underwear missing from the washing line to vomiting hair and coins. Witchcraft in law cannot be proven so it is difficult for us to pursue this case. We would thus like to warn the public to be careful when dealing with traditional doctors.”
In an interview with Confidente recently, Shali said that the traditional doctor insisted on spiritually healing her after she asked him about settling his accomodation fees. According to his findings, Shali is bewitched by a former employer; adding that he had also assisted a Minister.
The witchdoctor’s initial introduction to Shali was also through messages as the one below:
“Hello meme how are you? Hope your fine. You know neh (sic) am here to help people problem am a tradition (sic) doctor. Help love problem, financial problem, bad luck, to win promotions, pregnancy, pass exam and all problems. I can help you so that you enjoy life. I helped a lot of women here even one minister and they are happy. If you are ready you can send to me your full name then I will check for you.
“Well I saw someone is using you. They put something in your body so that you will not enjoy your life. Sometime you have painful down in your stomach and back and sometime you find yourself very tired when you wake up and headache that thing it make men not to stay with you. But I can help you.”
A visibly shaken Shali said that although she turned him down, he still insisted until he reportedly said that he had already healed her which he attributed to her vomiting hair and coins. He asked for N$700.
“I did not take seriously his threats until I vomited hair and coins. I was traumatised and afraid, I burnt them. A few minutes later he called to say that I should not have burnt the things because those that bewitched me would do it again. This was shocking because I never told him that I burnt them. He also mentioned that he had taken my underwear spiritually from the clothing line and when I checked they were not there. A bag of money containing at least N$2 000 had gone missing from my room and I don’t know how,” narrated a visibly shaken Shali.
In one of her responses to the traditional doctor via text messages, Shali said that she is a child of God and whatever he had planned against her would not work. Shockingly the traditional replied allegedly threatening her further, “That God has created us. He is the one who will punish you. Am just wait for only 3 hour (sic) if I will not get my money then we will see I have everything and I swear to elder graveyard they will help me to get my money only their power (sic). Am I get my money or what? I just need one answer please. You have a kid right? Don’t worry to rob my money you don’t know where I came from but you will see let me wait and see.”
Meanwhile, Nampol’s head of community affairs Inspector Christina Fonsech said that her unit has been inundated with complaints by the community who spend a lot of resources on spiritual healing amongst others.
“The problem is with members of the community who normally want things and take the short cut mostly leading to dealings with traditional doctors, most of the times; such dealings don’t end on a positive note. We try to educate people on such matters but it appears they don’t listen, so what more can we do? People should know that we do not prosecute issues of witchcraft nor do we open dockets in this line. It is however a different story when people are accused of various things and then we look at cases of defamation,” Fonsech said.
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