Alleged witchdoctor defies eviction order

11 Mar 2015 10:00am
SATOTWA, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - An elderly woman at the Satotwa informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu who was issued with a notice to vacate the area has defied orders.
Issued by leader of the Mbunza Traditional Authority Chief Alfons Kaundu last month on 21 February, the letter of eviction instructed the 60-year old woman to immediately vacate the area and relocate back to where she comes from. She has been living there since last year.
One of a seven-member committee that was selected by the Satotwa residents early last month told this agency on Wednesday that the elderly woman is still residing at the place despite being given four days to vacate from the area. The member who refused to be named said if she doesn’t vacate they will be left with no option but to forcefully remove her. The senior citizen earlier indicated that she would not leave the area, as she has nowhere else to go.
Secretary of the Mbunza Traditional Authority Dagobert Mukoya was not aware that the woman had defied the order but indicated that she will be summoned to the traditional authority palace to hear her side of the story and what is hindering her from vacating the area.
The Satotwa residents committee last month convened a meeting where they drafted a letter to the traditional authority in which they complained of the woman praying for sick patients throughout the night, which they say is tantamount to noise pollution.
In the eviction letter in possession of this agency, Chief Kaundu said residents are unhappy because the woman has allegedly been practicing unbecoming behaviours that are keeping the neighbouring residents awake throughout the night.
The woman, who claims to have the power to see 'weird' things at night, apparently also established a church at her corrugated iron household where she offers and charges for the prayers to those desperate for divine intervention. The woman allegedly has been misleading some desperate residents into believing that her prayers are so powerful that she also prays for chickens that don’t hatch normal and healthy eggs.
They complained that she has been pocketing people’s hard-earned income as she charges them fees for her witchcraft rituals.
The disgruntled Satotwa residents said her church was established without their consent.
They said her noisy prayers are causing sleepless nights to the school-going children and adults who have to go to work in the morning.
The residents are also discontent that the elderly woman has double standards - practicing witchcraft and doing spiritual healing – is allegedly using traditional herbs in the streets that are shared amongst the community. This has worried residents as it apparently poses health hazards such as contracting unknown sicknesses or diseases.
The woman earlier denied all accusations levelled against her, saying she only prays for the sick and denied using traditional herbs to cure people.