A SELF-proclaimed prophet based in Bulawayo’s Northend suburb that claims to be the late popular Chipinge n’anga Sekuru Ndunge’s son has been arrested for allegedly selling two cellphones which belonged to his clients.
A court heard that Isaac Makuyana Ndunge (37), allegedly duped the pair of Simbisai Zimbodza (35) and Slyvia Njanji (32) of their cellphones after they had visited his shrine in Northend suburb for healing.
Ndunge appeared before magistrate Ulukile Mlea- Ndlovu facing theft charges. He pleaded guilty.
He took to the stand and said: “The two ladies (Zimbodza and Njanji) came to my shrine last week on Saturday seeking to have their marital and financial woes solved. After also mentioning that their husbands were in the habit of seeing other women. I charged them US$15.”
Ndunge, who said that he was married to three wives who reside in Chipinge, said the two women managed to pay US$3 and promised to pay the balance after two days.
“I asked them to leave their cellphones as collateral and assured them that they will find the cellphones under their pillows in their respective bedrooms after paying the balance. Unfortunately the cellphones were stolen since a number of people visit my shrine,” he said.
Ndunge went on to say he gave them a concoction to drink so as to cast out evil spirits that were destroying their marriages.
Zimbodza took to the stand: “We were made to drink a concoction after paying US$3 and he told us to pay a balance of US$12 each after two days. We later fell unconscious and recovered later. He then asked us to leave our cellphones saying we would find them under our pillows after paying the balance. After two days we paid the balance and retuned with the belief that we would find our cellphones under the pillows but we could not find them.”
Zimbodza added: “ We confronted him (Ndunge) but shockingly he told us that our cellphones were stolen since a number of people visit his shrine.”
Njanji told the court that they made a police report leading to the arrest of Ndunge. He was remanded out of custody to next week.
It could not immediately be established if Isaac was indeed Sekuru Charles Makhuyana Ndunge’s son.
Sekuru Ndunge died early this year South Downs, Chipinge, home after suffering from diabetes complications and his son,
Jabulani Ndunge (44), the heir-apparent to the Ndunge throne, said he continue his father’s legacy together with a sister, Nyerai Ndunge, who has always been a healer.
He said at the time that some of his brothers were also traditional healers, though they were operating in neighbouring Mozambique.