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Reptile Charmer: ‘My Snakes Can Track Thieves’ - Witchdoctor

An Epworth traditional healer yesterday demonstrated his healing powers by cleaning a live cobra and making it take orders.  He claimed it...

An Epworth traditional healer yesterday demonstrated his healing powers by cleaning a live cobra and making it take orders. 

He claimed it has powers to track robbers. Daudi Chimel, 38, who is originally from Malawi, keeps four live snakes ad claimed the other three were on duty tracking down robbers. He said he basically uses the snakes to track down robbers.

“If a person comes to me with a problem of stolen property, I use the snakes to track down the culprits.

I have four snakes but at the moment only one is present because the other three are at work. The snakes are harmless to people.

They do not attack anyone as they even know and understand that we have neighbors. Even if they bite me, my blood is resistant to the poison because my grandfather performed a ritual on me to avoid being affected by snake venom.
Snake Charmer 

I started practicing as a traditional healer in 1991 when I was still in Malawi. I did not attend school because my grandfather had already initiated me into the profession of healing. I came to Zimbabwe this year in June and I have been healing people since.

Apart from helping people recover their stolen property, I also help them in different problematic areas like finding jobs and sexual problems. I do not charge people for the help I render them but they only give me tokens of appreciation after they yield results.

I do not help people to make money but it is in my blood and I feel mandated to help them. I used to stay in Mozambique before I came here but unfortunately the snake I used there died.

When asked why he chose to use snakes as a tracking devices, Daudi said:

“Snakes are powerful and fast that is why I decided to use them but I can’t really say that I chose snakes rather snakes chose me because they are embedded on my diploma so they are more of my spiritual animal.

I use eggs to feed the snakes and sometimes I give them chicken. They give me no trouble at all. I talk to them and they listen to my voice. It’s unfortunate that most people in Zimbabwe believe in prophets, they lack belief in traditional healers,” he said.

One Clever Chewila, who claimed to have been helped by Daudi to recover his stolen property said: “I have seen these snakes at work. I believe that he is a powerful sangoma because I recovered my property through him.

I came to him for help after my generator and barber property were stolen. After two days, I found my property on my doorstep. I don’t know who had stolen the property or what happened to them but I was just happy that I recovered my property,” he said.

One of Daudi’s neighbours who preferred anonymity said: “These snakes are not for rituals or any wrong use but they are there to help people so they will not harm anyone”.

Since my birth I have never seen such a thing. A mere man speaking to a snake and controlling it like this man is doing is unbelievable. This world is surely coming to an end,” he said. - H Metro

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