Harare | A man from Southerton has claimed that his ex-wife introduced his four-year-old son to the cult of “manjuzu,” or marine spirits.
Josphat Muswati, the father, claims that his ex-wife, Anna Chinake, has been misleading their son and has been taking him to’manjuzu’ rituals.
Anna, according to Josphat, took their son’s birth certificate to a manjuzu cult, prompting him to seek a replica from the Registrar’s Office.
The father also claims that Anna brought their son to a house and locked him up throughout the rituals.
“Anna has been taking my son for manjuzu, leaving him locked up in a house. She took his birth certificate to manjuzu last year, and until today she couldn’t avail of it. I am aware that the child is a minor who is supposed to be under the custody of his mother, but Anna appears to have been misled about the so-called manjuzu,” Josphat said.
Josphat stated strongly that he could not allow his son to be initiated into such a cult and hence intended to take away his son himself.
Anna’s mother, Fiona Madheira, confirmed to the publication the confrontation between Josphat and Anna. Since January, the kid has been living with a stepmother.
“Anna last stayed with her son sometime in January. Josphat decided to take the child for him to live with his new wife following a misunderstanding.”
On a Friday, Anna and her mother, Fiona Madheira, and a friend reportedly attempted to collect the child from Josphat’s house. However, their efforts were unsuccessful as Josphat had taken the child to one of his relatives.
Setting the record straight, Anna has denied participating in marine spirits (Manjuzu). She further claimed that her ex-husband has no proof that she is into the ‘Manjuzu’ cult.
“As for manjuzu, Josphat has no evidence to prove that I am into manjuzu. ‘He never saw me conducting manjuzu from the time we separated. ‘We separated four years ago.”
Meanwhile, Anna has stated that she will do everything in her power to get her son back.
“I will make sure I get my son, if it means engaging police, I will do so,” she said.
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