A Gweru based Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation radio manager and reggae musician Joseph Tawanda Nhara, also known as Man Soul Jah, has been dragged to court by his brother-in law on allegations of accusing him of possessing goblins.
Nhara appeared before a Gweru magistrate this week and is being charged for contravening the Postal and telecommunications Act.
Prosecutor Francesca Mukumbiri told the court that Nhara made a telephone call without reasonable excuse for the purpose of causing annoyance.
On 22 March this year state alleges that, Nhara’s brother-in-law, George Tawoneyi sent his children to pick his wife who had suffered a stroke at Nhara’s place in Gweru where she was being taken care of.
It is alleged that on arrival, the children were chased away by Nhara who alleged that their father (Tawoneyi) was behind the sickness.
Nhara, the state said later that day called Tawoneyi, accusing him of causing the sickness.
Nhara in the telephone conversation said to have accused his brother in-law of keeping goblins which he uses for making money.
The reggae artist in the process is allegedly having told Tawoneyi that the goblins were making his sister sick.
The court however granted Nhara $50 bail and ordered him appear again on 6 May for trial.
He is denying the case.
Under the Witchcraft Suppression Act it is also an offence in Zimbabwe to accuse a person of practicing witchcraft.
Professor Gordon Chavunduka, the late president of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association, during his life time tried to challenge government over witch craft.
In his argument Chavhunduka said witchcraft exists.