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Witchcraft Panic as Infant’s Body Goes Missing from Grave in Zimbabwe Village

A small village in Zimbabwe has been hit with a wave of fear and anxiety after the body of a 12-month-old infant was stolen from its grave. The infant was buried in February in Musaonyerwa Village in Chisumbanje. Police have been investigating the case and believe that the grave was violated by an unknown suspect.

According to Zimlive, Police National Spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, said: “The violated grave was that of a 12-month-old infant who died on February 7, 2023. The missing corpse has not yet been found.”

The incident has caused panic in the village, with many fearing that the stolen body is linked to witchcraft. One villager, who wished to remain anonymous, stated: “This is the work of witches. They are looking for body parts to use in their rituals. It’s a very scary situation.”

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and contact their nearest police station. In the meantime, villagers are being warned to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity.

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Possible motives for the theft

There have been a number of instances in Zimbabwe where body parts have been stolen for use in witchcraft rituals. Although it is unclear at this stage whether this is the motive behind the theft, it is not uncommon for individuals to resort to such practices in order to gain wealth, power, or influence.

A local spiritual healer, who also wished to remain anonymous, explained: “There are some people who believe that using body parts in their rituals will bring them good luck, success or even help them to gain supernatural powers. It’s a sad and dangerous practice.”

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and police are urging anyone with information to come forward. In the meantime, villagers are being advised to remain cautious and report any suspicious behaviour.

Police take the violation of graves very seriously

While the motive behind the theft is still unknown, the police have made it clear that they will not tolerate such criminal behaviour.

In Zimbabwe, the violation of graves is a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment. The police are determined to bring the perpetrators to justice and have called on the public to assist with any information they may have.