In the case in which a 75-year-old woman Mbare woman was being accused by her neighbours of practising witchcraft after a dead python was found at her house stashed under her granddaughter’s bed, fresh details have emerged exonerating her from the accusations. iHarare has established through the local tabloid, H-Metro, that Gogo Stella Simbi was lucky to escape an assault by angry neighbours threatening to mete out instant justice at her for allegedly practising sorcery when the ginormous reptile was found at her house.
Virginia Mutenda, a friend to gogo Simbi’s grandaughter, Stella Simbi, recently caught up with the publication and confessed that she was indeed the owner of the snake.
Virginia, a self-confessed sex worker who plies her trade along Mukuvisi river near Seke Flyover told the publication that she had received the python from a client who had failed to pay for her services in cash. Virginia claimed that her client had convinced her that she could sell the snake to self-styled prophets or informal traders at Mupedzanhamo flee market.
Shato iya ndakapihwa nemumwe mukomana anga akanga aiwana yakafa muna Mukuvisi, saka akandipa achiti ndinoitengesa kuMupedzanhamo Market Kwadzinotengwa neporofita ekufiyo.
I loiter along Mukuvisi River luring men for sex during the day, so the person who gave me the python had no money for the services I rendered to him.
I heard that Gogo Simbi was accused by her neighbours of witchcraft upon the discovery of the snake at her house.
I have apologised to her and her family over the incident.
Gogo Simbi took me to a police station before I disclosed to her that my visit to see Stella was to show her the snake and enquire how much I could charge for it at Mupedzanhamo.
Gogo vakandirambidza kurara zuva repiri pamba pavo vachiti handingarambe ndichirara pamba pavo iyo shamwari yangu isipo vachindipomera kuti ndaigona kunger ndakamuuraya sezvo anga abva asina kuvaudza.
There was nothing sinister about the python. It is only that I wanted to get money by selling it since my client said the prophets used its skin and fat to lure potential customers.
Stella told the publication that she was appalled by her friend’s actions.
Virginia is my friend, but I doubt her sanity because of her decision to take a snake in its decomposed state home expecting to cash in on it.
On the day in question, I was at my boyfriend’s house and Virginia was aware of my whereabouts.
I agreed for her to sleep in my room so that Gogo would not worry about my absence, unaware that Virginia had a snake with her.
My lover assaulted me, and one of my eyes was swelled. I did not want Gogo Simbi to see the swollen eye, that is why I switched off my phone when I stayed at my lover’s place for some days.
Upon my return, Gogo Simbi had no kind words for me over the accusations levelled against her by people who thronged the place.
We have since resolved the issue, but her relatives are not happy.