A self-proclaimed healer drowned during a cleansing ceremony in Kambuzuma at the infamous Blue Dam on Tuesday while trying to save ‘mermaid’ possessed girl in a trance.
The woman only identified as Mai Tino reportedly resided in Kambuzuma Section 5 and had gone to the Blue Dam to perform a cleansing ceremony on some girls seeking “spiritual intervention”.
It is reported, by onlookers, that when they got there, one of the girls was seemingly possessed and rushed into the water where she started sinking and the healer drowned while trying to save the girl. One of the witnesses said:
“The girl started drowning and ‘came out of the trance’ and tried to rescue the healer but she was overpowered by the water. She left the dam to look for assistance, upon return they managed to take her out of the water but it was too late. They went on to call the police who then escorted them to the healer’s place of residence,” he said.
It’s alleged that the two girls had traveled from Mufakose seeking spiritual intervention which later led to the death of the healer.
This is not the first time people have drowned in the infamous dam that is between Warren Park and Kambuzuma.
Towards the end of last year, a sixteen-year-old boy drowned in the dam while swimming, and the recovery of his body was marred with controversy as some claimed that he had survived over 48 hours underwater but passed away because the Sub Aqua team had gotten into the water (to retrieve the body) while he was still going through rituals with mermaids.