Memory Shiri was convicted of casting a spell on her husband’s penis in a polygamous home
A woman in a polygamous marriage has been convicted of bewitching her husband so he can’t have sex with his other wife.
Godwishes Magarira told a court in Zimbabwe court Memory Shiri cast a spell on his penis after she became his second wife. 40-year-old Magarira said he could not get an erection when he was with first wife, Easther Chagonda.
Conversely, he always able to fulfill his conjugal duties when he was with Shiri, he told the court.
The village where Godwishes Magarira lives with his two wives
polygamist Magarira who lives with his two wives in the village of Makanda, 140 miles south of capital Harare. confronted his new paramour, seeking to find out Shiri why he was a flop in bed with Easther, and she told him: “I bewitched you,” Godwishes testified.
Shiri then separated a nappy pin tied to a needle and said she had sorted out the problem, the court in Gutu heard.
Godwishes said a medical report proved he had sexual problems and asked magistrate Victor Mohamadi to punish Shiri.
He jailed her for 13 months, but suspended the sentence provided she does 455 hours of community service.
Witchcraft is widely frowned upon in Zimbabwe and the use of magic to cause someone harm is outlawed.
An estimated 10 per cent of Zimbabwean women are in polygamous marriages.