Woman allegedly possessed by marine spirits, dies during baptism


A woman identified as Rutendo Nhemachena has reportedly died during a baptism being conducted at Manyame river in Zimbabwe.

Nhemachena, 26, is said to have been possessed by a mermaid spirit before becoming aggressive and jumping into the river where Prophet Isaac Manyemba was baptizing men and women with his aide Mai Manyika also known as Madzimai Jennifer.

Witnesses present at the time of the incident, believed that she had been grabbed by a mermaid and didn’t try to rescue her.


Prophet Manyemba confirmed the tragic event by saying Nhemachena overpowered him and seemed like she was possessed by a mermaid spirit.

He said; “The two convinced me and I led them to the river where we attended to a number of men and women when Nhemachena suddenly came into the river possessed.

“She pushed all of us and we failed to handle her before she immersed me and disappeared into the water.

“We were comforted by one woman who claimed that her child was once taken by a mermaid when he was seven years old and returned from water at the age of 14.”

Patience Gwebede, spokesperson of Nhemachena’s family however denied claims that the deceased was possessed and abducted by a mermaid.

She said the late Rutendo Nhemachena was going to be buried in Chihota after a post mortem.

“We are expecting the law to take its course as well as get an explanation from the traditional healer or Madzibaba and Madzimai who were conducting the cleansing ceremony.

National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the sad incident and said the police are still investigating the circumstances leading to the drowning.

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