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Meet The Sangoma That Has Cops ‘Running Scared.’

TRADITIONAL healers are known to provide services from sacred and hidden huts or from the bushes but of late a few have been coming out in the open so that their services are “easily accessed by the public”, so they claim.

One such traditional healer is Joshua Chigwida who goes by his spiritual name, Sekuru Nehanda.

“People often wonder why I have decided to practice in the open like this and I tell them that it is high time Zimbabweans appreciate traditional herbs and their importance in our everyday lives.

“Many think herbs are meant to kill people,” says Sekuru Nehanda who openly displays his ZINATHA certificate.

Sekuru Nehanda became a hit over-night in Harare after a municipal police officer allegedly collapsed and became unconscious for some few minutes when he touched and confiscated his ‘sacred’ herbs without permission from the ancestral spirits.
Meet The Sangoma That Has Cops ‘Running Scared.’
In an exclusive interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Sekuru Nehanda said since that day, municipal cops and the ZRP officers just turn a blind eye because they are now afraid of his spiritual powers.

Clad in his traditional head gear and sleeveless military camouflage, its business as usual for Sekuru Nehanda as passers-by curiously look at him with a few courageous ones stopping for brief consultations.

Untouchable … Sekuru Nehanda at work

“There are some herbs that I personally do not mess with because they are meant for certain ailments and are sacred.

“So, this overzealous municipal police officer who touched such herbs that are used as ‘security’ at other people’s homes and shield them against attacks, got a taste of his own medicine,” said Sekuru Nehanda with a chuckle.
The young looking Sekuru Nehanda claims to cure all kinds of ailments. His medicine is made from roots and is stored in jars either in powder form or as original roots in water.

He claims that all the knowledge about herbs and his healing powers were inherited from his forefathers of the Rusike clan.

“Never mind my age, I grew up in this; this talent has been passed down from one generation to another in our family.”

He said his services are popular among women with maternal health problems and men with s.exually transmitted diseases and those who believe they have bad luck.

‘I also cure wounds that will have troubled people for years.”

Sekuru Nehanda added that these are spiritual wounds and no scientific medicines can cure them.

He said his fees are not meant to chase away desperate customers as he does not have fixed charges for specific herbs. Instead, according to him, those that have been cured of their ailments usually come back and pay a token of appreciation.

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