Mentally challenged missing after being sold for rituals

Farai Matebvu
BUHERA – A mentally challenged Buhera woman, Evelyn Jeketera (26) is missing after a relative allegedly sold her to businesspeople who wanted to use her body parts for rituals.
Jeketera was allegedly sold by Tokwanai Matsvuka (70) of Munoonei Village under Chief Nyashanu to the latter’s cousins Ephraim Munoonei (47) Jenet Munoonei (50) and Shoperai Munyuki (52) who wanted to boost their business at Nyadi Business Centre.
The three are being charged for kidnapping or unlawful detention of the missing person. Jeketera is Matsvuka’s niece.
The matter was heard before Murambinda Resident Magistrate Tendai Mahwe this week.
Mahwe remanded the trio in custody and referred the case to Rusape Regional Court.
Matsvuka let the cat out of the bag when the three allegedly failed to avail groceries that they had promised her for the job.
It is the State case that in March 2020 in Munoonei Village, one of the accused Ephram went to Matsvuka and asked her to sell Jeketera who was under her custody to him so that he could use her for rituals.
A week later, Ephraim went back again and promised Matsvuka groceries and money if she agreed to the deal. She would get the groceries each time she wanted them. Matsvuka then accompanied Jeketera to Jenet’s house in Mushongwi Village where they met the accused persons. They connived and whisked Jeketera away to an unknown place.
The State said that Matsvuka got frustrated when the promised groceries did not come and she reported the case at Muzokomba Police Station leading to the arrest of the trio.
Tokurawani Mabvuka and Tonias Mapuranga (ages not given) all from the same village are witnesses in the matter. Jeketera is still missing and her whereabouts are not known.
Tavonga Mawire represented the State.

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