Killer ‘surgeon’ grandmother spared jail

Mata Muzamba

Mata Muzamba

Fairness Moyana Hwange Correspondent—
A HIGH Court judge has ordered a 72-year-old Binga woman who “operated on” her granddaughter in an attempt to remove fibroids from her uterus before she bled to death to immediately stop the traditional operations she said she had been practising for years. Justice Francis Bere of the Bulawayo High Court, on circuit in Hwange, made the order as she sentenced Mata Muzamba.

Muzamba pleaded not guilty to murder, but offered a limited plea of culpable homicide for causing the death of her 33-year-old granddaughter, Selina Mugande. The judge sentenced her to 12 months in jail, which was wholly suspended for five years.

Mugande lived with her husband, Lingani Muleya, of Dongamusi village in Binga, and met her death after she approached her grandmother for help as she was having problems to conceive. The old woman “operated on” Mugande in an attempt to remove fibroids which she claimed were preventing her from falling pregnant.

Mugande bled to death after the “surgery”. “You’re not a surgeon, you’re a traditional healer and Zinatha is just supposed to treat people, not perform operations,” Justice Bere told Muzamba.

“Leave that to qualified specialists. Next time a woman comes to you with fibroids, refer her to qualified personnel. You must stop this practice immediately.”

He said she was lucky that the court had taken into account that she was old and illiterate. Muzamba said she did not see anything wrong with the operation as it was a practice that she had performed for many years in Binga.

She also said she had helped many women to conceive using that method. When the judge asked her about her level of education, Muzamba said she never went to school. She was also asked if she was a qualified surgeon, and she replied “no”.

According to the agreed facts between the state, led by Namatirai Ngwasha and defence lawyer, Givemore Muvhiringi, on August 31 last year, Mugande approached Muzamba for help as she was having problems conceiving.

The protruding fibroids on her privates were incised with a razor blade by Muzamba. As a result of the operation, Mugande bled profusely and her condition worsened by the day until she died on September 6 without going to hospital.

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  • MUTASAWAKAROKA

    NO MATTER SOME CASES ARE LOST IN COURT DESPITE LEGAL REPRESANTATION. DEFENCE LAWYER GIVEMORE MUVHINGI ALLOWED A “CHARGE OF FIBROIDS” WHEN THE OLD WOMAN SIMPLY CUT SARI-A FORM OF GENITAL WARTS BELEIVED IN AFRICAN TRADITION TO CAUSE BARRENNESS OR EARLY CHILDWOOD MORTALITY. FIBROIDS DEVELOP IN THE UTERUS(WOMB) WHEREAS SARI SIMPLY GROWS ON THE SKIN PROTRUDING OUTWARDS. SURELY REMOVING FIBROIDS WOULD NEED A MEDICALLY-QUALIFIED PERSON. EVEN THE LEARNED JUDGE, THE PROSECUTER AND THE POLICE SWALLOWED IT WORM, HOOK AND SINKER. I APPEAL ON GROUND OF FACT!!!!

    • De Afrique

      Mutasawakaroka a point of correction. I mean well. Did you know that using capital letters throughout your post is equivalent to shouting at the top of your voice? Just a correction.

  • Ghost of Sparta

    When this story first came out, i swear they said her matingiz where the ones being cut and not fibroids.

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  • Max

    Fibroids protruding out through the vagina???????????

  • Fred Muchena

    Its so sad that Binga has been neglected for years. Noone will go to a traditional healer if hospitals and clinics are in place.

  • theza

    the surgeon should have joined the swangos in behind bars

    • xi

      l have noticed that at an inyanga’s house you find a skin of leopard,paws of a pangolin or any animal that faces extinction has to be ground into powder and are made into a prescription for good luck if one bathes with it, l suspect there is a waiver not to arrest them on’ medical grounds’ as these are prescription drugs