- Published on 31 July 2014
- Written by New Zim
DO you want to bring back a lost lover, stop a divorce and wash away bad luck? What about enlarging your manhood?
Then "Dr" Mbewe will do the trick, according to adverts splashed in Zimbabwe’s vibrant newspapers.
"Dr" Mbewe, who calls himself an "international herbalist", whatever that means, promises instant rewards and a 100 percent guarantee if you buy his "Dudu oil" for $10 a bottle.
He also claims his oil will ensure that you win that elusive lotto. But he is not alone in this mushrooming business.
"Dr" Ngwenya says he can guarantee the return of your lost lover and ensure you get married quickly.
"If you use my oil I can assure you that you are loved alone and trusted by your husband, wife or boyfriend and help you win tenders, court cases and contracts," he says in his advert.
There are even testimonials from clients lauding the work of the healers.
Says one testimonial: "Me and my wife Patience had given up after losing my job and struggling to keep up with life.
"I had to change schools for my children from private to government school because of financial instability but I thank Dr Mabasa who turned my life financially by giving me a magic ring which cost only $60 that brought back hope and luck into my life.
"I used this magic ring to hit a casino jackpot."
In a moment of deep economic despair, Zimbabweans appear to be seeking solace in the spiritual, anything that they can cling on.
The country is going through a fresh economic crisis after a disputed election won by President Robert Mugabe last July.
The crisis has seen hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans being laid off from their jobs.
In their moment of despair most Zimbabweans are turning to the church for solace with others seeking help from traditional healers.
The healers, who have long been shunned by the Zimbabweans the majority of whom profess to be Christians, are making a comeback, judging by the adverts in the local press.
The healers and prophets appear to be making a quick buck through the sale of their "daub oil" or "anointed oil", which they claim brings a good life and chase away evil spirits.
But a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Traditional Healers Association (Zinatha), George Kandiero, warned Zimbabweans not to be taken for a ride by some of these so-called healers.
"They are painting a very bad picture on the work of registered traditional healers who are helping people. This is because 80 percent of Zimbabweans get assistance from traditional healers," he said.
"This is very unfortunate and to make matters worse these people are not registered by our organisation and they are of no-fixed aboard."
Kandiero said most of these fake healers "just put mobile numbers on their adverts and visit clients in their homes".
"Most of them are foreigners and this is even making it difficult to monitor their activities," he said.
The "anointing oil" craze started with the new Pentecostal pastors who have been selling the holy liquid for a dollar a bottle to their hundreds of thousands of followers.
But Zimbabweans enterprising as they are began selling the oil on the "parallel market" right at the doors of these churches for as much as $10 a bottle.
The traditional healers appear to have copied this successful marketing trick and are now selling their own magic oil as a panacea to the people’s woes.
With both pastor and traditional healer selling "anointed oil," there is now a blurring of lines between these two miracle workers.
Zimbabwe is going through a religious renaissance that has seen young Pentecostal pastors attracting massive crowds to their services every weekend.