A 28-year-old Madzibaba Maxwell Muguta of Chikanga, Mutare, was arrested by CID Marondera after being found in possession of a Rinkal Cobra.
He was arrested at Mukuti business centre at the 60km peg along the Harare Mutare highway looking for transport to Mutare after police received a tip off.
Upon questioning, he revealed that he had bought it for US$70 from a traditional healer known as Magorimbo from Seke intending to use it for ritual purposes.
Madzibaba Muguta is in custody at CID Marondera assisting detectives with investigations and will appear in court soon.
This comes after another prophet was nabbed after being found with a python in Mhangura last week. He was slapped with 36 months imprisonment for illegally keeping a two-metre-long African rock python that he used as part of his paraphernalia to fake exorcisms.
Chusi Bhunu (31) of Village 2, Binje farm, Doma in Mhangura Thursday appeared before provincial magistrate Ruth Moyo, who sentenced him to 36 months in jail, before suspending six months on condition of good behaviour.
He will, therefore, serve an effective 30 months behind bars.
The state-led by Review Nikisi told the court that on 3 May this year Bhunu, who is also a member of the Bible Fellowship Apostolic Ministry, was approached by Farai Makumbi who was seeking prophetic healing for his sick wife, Neria Makumbi.
On the same date, at around 8 pm, Bhunu proceeded to Makumbi’s residence at Plot 47, Jechenene also in Doma to perform a healing session for the ailing woman.
It was heard in court that Bhunu was carrying on his back a black traveller’s bag.
As he got into his would-be clients’ yard, the ‘prophet’ took out a green sack containing the snake from the bag before placing it outside the house.
However, two family members, Takemore Chando and Edmore Revesai spotted Bhunu hiding the sack and confronted him over the suspicious luggage.
After failing to gather courage and give a satisfactory answer, Bhunu bolted from the scene and vanished into the darkness, leaving his ‘tools of the trade.’
The following morning, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority game rangers were alerted of the python.
Acting on the tip-off, the rangers arrested Bhunu who indicated to the police how he duped people performing fake miracles using the python, which in court was valued at US$5 000.