A woman, Gogo Nenohwe, has been caught in Nenohwe Village, Zimbabwe, breastfeeding a giant snake.
Manica Post, a local newspaper, reports that Nenohwe was spotted by a 12-year-old girl as she breastfed the snake while uttering names of fellow villagers whom she wanted the pet to deal with.
Following the allegation, the woman and her friend, Ethel Sithole, have been arraigned before a Chief Mutambara court on charges of witchcraft.
The key witness narrated the incident in court on Saturday.
“I saw Gogo Nenohwe breastfeeding a very big snake which had a red cloth and beads tied around it. After breastfeeding it, she took out a plate of food and fed the snake. I did not see what food she was feeding it, but I heard her muttering names of fellow villagers and telling the snake to deal with them,” she said.
It was alleged that after the young girl reported the incident to Sithole and realized that she was not taking any action, she told other villagers, who subsequently informed the village head, Molline Nenohwe.
Nenohwe then took the issue to chief Mutambara.
The two women were then summoned to the traditional leader’s court.
When Sithole was asked if she took any action after the girl brought the matter to her attention, she said she could not travel to the chief’s court to make a report.
“I did not have money to bring the matter to your court. I also did not confront Nenohwe because I knew that once I confronted her, I would need to bring the matter before the chief’s court, yet I couldn’t do that at that moment,” she claimed.
Gogo Sithole’s niece, Maria, also disclosed that she used to share a room with the snake.
“I used to sleep in the room where Gogo Nenohwe was seen breastfeeding the snake. The snake stays in that room. I stopped using the room because of that and begged my aunt to move me to another room. Sometimes the snake comes out to bask in the sun,” she stated.
The villagers also said they have come across a giant snake that has a red cloth tied around it.
There are now efforts to capture the snake and bring it to the traditional ruler’s court.