A man from Zvishavane, Midlands Province, was granted a protection order by a magistrate against his former wife and children who are accusing him of using “mubobobo”.

Mubobobo is a form of witchcraft which allegedly allows the user to engage in sexual intercourse with his victims without their knowledge. They experience physical signs of intimacy but without indulging in the act.

Chrispen Marangwanda appeared before Zvishavane Magistrates Court on Friday where he was seeking a protection order against his former wife Ngonidzashe, his daughter Vongai and his son Brian Mavunike Marangwanda.

He was accusing them of using violence against him.

Marangwanda told Resident Magistrate Archie Wochiunga that Ngonidzashe, Vongai and Brian accused him of possessing traditional charm, “mubobobo” and a goblin.

He said the trio alleged that the goblin caused the death of Brian’s daughter. He said:

Your Worship, the respondents are my children tormenting, insulting and accusing me of being a wizard, yet I have never associated with such. This is why I have approached this court seeking relief.

Vongai dismissed the allegations as a lie, saying one Madzibaba Moses (a self-proclaimed prophet) told them to cleanse their home but their father was refusing to go through the process.

Brian said he was not aware of why he was in court because he was not aware of the issues.

Ngonidzashe concurred with her daughter, saying her former husband was avoiding the issue of cleansing the home.

Magistrate Wochiunga granted the protection order in favour of Marangwanda.

He ordered the respondents to stop harassing, insulting and forcing the applicant to do what Madzibaba Moses instructs them to do.