Family members accuse a United Methodist Church minister of rituals and family division.
Her family and other worshipers have criticized Mutasa District Reverend Lilian Mufute for her behavior.
Reverend Mufute dug a mock grave at her property and conducted ceremonies with her brother-in-law, Josphat Mufute, and a sangoma.
A family source stated her brother-in-law Peter Mufute had a stroke the night the ceremonies were done and died on December 24. She dug the tomb last December.
“Her homestead has a simulated cemetery for Peter, who died on December 24.
She covered Peter’s grave with rubble, but vanhu vemunharaunda and relatives saw it.
Her son and brother-in-law generally travel to sangomas ivo vozouya hawo vachiona nekusumwa zvinenge zvaitwa.
On December 22, relatives said, she bought pigs and called one Peter.
Peter died on Christmas Eve after Rev Mufute promised her son and in-law they would butcher a pig the next day.
She performed nocturnal rituals before buying pigs and bringing them home. One pig was called Peter. She then informed a worker that they would slaughter a pig. They performed sangoma ceremonies upon arrival. “No pig was killed, but the simulation grave was filled halfway,” stated the source.
Peter suffered from high blood pressure.
“The family informed the village head, who informed the chief. She dispatched her son and in-law when summoned.
Chief Zimunya has the case, and a petition has been forwarded to United Methodist Church Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa.
“This petition draws attention to one of your church pastors, Rev Lilian Mufute nee Gotora, whose divisive and ritualistic behavior has actually split apart the once unified Mufute family.
“It ruined the family. We, the undersigned Mufute family members, have kept silent for a long time expecting the so-called reverend would change, but her boorish behavior has increased, degenerating into demonic rites she leads with her son.
Rev Mufute, her son Liberty, and Josphat Mufute buried a ceremonial tomb in her rural homestead, which left us all astonished. Mr. Peter Mufute, Josphat’s brother, was ill and died. Rev Mufute and her son performed ceremonies in her residence.
Her rustic house has pigs named after “targeted” relatives. H-Metro