'Talking' kombi stuns residents

DUSTY, rusty and falling apart, an abandoned white commuter omnibus (kombi) at a popular fuel station along Bulawayo road in Harare has spawned a weird mystery tale.

Sometime in January, the vehicle is alleged to have “spoken” and stopped at the service station en route to Norton.
No one knows its owner or why the vehicle has not been claimed. But the story behind the vehicle baffles many.
A kombi driver who claims to know the story, Philip Kwashe, said one late afternoon, the kombi just said “ndaneta (I am tired)” and stopped moving.

“People thought it was a joke but after a while they realised it was not going anywhere. The conductor tried to push it with other male passengers but they were slapped by something mysterious across their faces. The kombi would simply not budge, it had stopped,” he said.

A fuel attendant at the service station only identified as Tinashe said he had heard the bizarre kombi story.
“I am not particularly sure about what is happening with the kombi but when I started working here, I was told it is haunted with some spirit. I did not bother to find out and left the mystery like that,” he said.

However, another fuel attendant, Rose, said one of her co-workers had been slapped after attempting to move the vehicle.

She said when the kombi was abandoned by the driver; some men attempted to move it, then the unthinkable happened.

“Our co-worker, who has since been moved to another service station, was slapped by something or someone when they tried to move the vehicle. The driver had come to take the car and asked for help from some of the men who were nearby, including my colleague.

“They tried to push the car but as soon as they attempted to do so, they claimed to have been hit by an unknown force. It was bizarre. From that day, no one has ever touched the car. They just walk past it and ignore it,” Rose said.
A local evangelist Tineyi Magodora said people should stop believing in superstition.

Magodora said electrical machines like vehicles cannot talk.

“Anything bad is believed the moment it is said, but a good thing takes time. If people had prayed to have that car moved from that particular spot, people would have debunked that the Holy Spirit helped.

“Such is the time that we are living in where instead of deviating from unholy stuff, people are now rushing there,” he said.

Traditionalist Cecelia Zikwa, however, said it was not out of the ordinary.

Zikwa said people often approach n’angas for ways of either securing their jobs or making more money through unorthodox ways.

“People are no longer afraid to go and seek herbs to retain work. Maybe because of technology such events are now known widely but before these things used to happen.

“Someone would put juju on the machine they operate at work and while they are on leave, the machine does not work. As soon as they return to work it is operational.

“Others even after they die would leave the machine for their children to operate ensuring that the job remains in the family,” she said.

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