Emmah Chinyamutangira Post Correspondent
A CHIPINGE man, believed to be son to popular Chipinge sangoma Sekuru Ndunge, was fined $90 after being found guilty of duping an unsuspecting client of cash and five cell phones. This was after he allegedly lied to the client that he possesses underworld powers that would help him recover some stolen household property.
Isaac Ndunge (38) risks being jailed for two months if he fails to pay the $90 fine.
Mutare magistrate Ms Perseverance Makala sentenced Ndunge after convincing evidence that he conned Melow Katuruza, of Sakubva, after misrepresenting to him that he was a sangoma, was adduced in court.
State counsel, Miss Perseverance Musukuto, said on December 27, 2018 Ndunge visited Katuruza at his Nyausunzi house in Sakubva.
Ndunge posed as a traditional healer before performing some rituals on Katuruza.
The rituals were meant to Katuruza to recover the stolen household property.
After the rituals, Ndunge then demanded five cell phones and $110 as payment for his services.
“He told the complainant that he was a traditional healer and was able to solve his problems. He then demanded $110 and five cell phones for performing the rituals. He then told the complainant that his property would return miraculously to him as soon as he left,” said Miss Musukuto.
The court heard that Ndunge disappeared and Katuruza never saw him until January 5 this year when he spotted the self-proclaimed traditional healer in the neighbourhood.
“Katuruza saw Ndunge on January 5 this year roaming around the streets in his neighbourhood. He then went to lodge a complaint with the police leading to Ndunge’s arrest,” said Miss Musukuto.
Katuruza lost a total of $240 and nothing was recovered.