29 January 2013

Namibia: More Graphic Details in Mbwale Trial

Oshakati — More explicit testimony continues in the case involving wealthy Angolan witchdoctor Mbwale as more people take the witness stand.

The latest state witness is a 21-year-old woman who was only 16 when she allegedly had sexual intercourse with Mbwale. A teenager at the time, she had just lost her mother who committed suicide. The woman claims that her aunt and her elder brother took her to Omutaku village on Mbwale's instructions.

"They came home telling me that tate Mbwale had told them that there was also another older girl at home and they should bring her to be cleansed - that was me. When they took me to his house, I was shocked because he called me by my name, when I did not tell him my name. He told me that I had bad luck and I need to be cleansed," she testified before.

She also claims that she lost her virginity to the popular witchdoctor, who is alleged to be HIV positive, during her second consultation. On that day Mbwale allegedly invited her and other clients to queue up to his bedroom. One of the women who was in the queue was her aunt who only remained in Mbwale's room briefly.

"When it was my turn he told me to take off my clothes including my underwear and to lie on the bed. I remember seeing him taking out his private parts which I thought was part of the treatment. He then lay next to me. The next moment he was already having sexual intercourse with me. At that moment he was telling me that he needed to use his penis to push the herbs further," said the woman

The girl claims that when she was treated by Mbwale, she was not suffering from any illness. She only went to Mbwale after her relatives told her that Mbwale was asking for her.

"The first day he took me, my brother and my cousin into the mahangu field where he instructed me to remove my clothes including my underwear. He then washed me with water mixed with some herbs and inserted herbs in my vagina. When it was my brother and my cousin's turn, he didn't ask them to remove their clothes," said the woman.

The woman also claims that she came to know Mbwale in 2009, when she was still a minor. Following her mother's suicide, the girl's aunt and her elder brother allegedly went to Omutaku village to consult Mbwale.

By yesterday afternoon, the woman was still in the dock for cross-examination. Mbwale is represented by Pieter Greyling, while Dominic Lisulo represents the State.

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