A clinic has been shut down to close after nurses refused to report to work because they were being molested by “invisible things.” in Zimbabwe.
The unusual episode occurred at Shale Clinic in Matabeleland South’s Umzingwane area.
The enigmatic critters, thought to be tikoloshes, are also causing chaos at a local elementary school, where they are allegedly sexually abusing teachers.
If nothing is done about the issue, teachers have threatened to join the nurses in deserting duty.
Themba Moyo, one of the locals who confirmed the occurrence, told ZimLive:
“The clinic is closed because two female nurses and a male health technician ran away after complaining that they were being sexually abused.
“They woke up moist in their privates with signs that they had sexual intercourse. This was happening at night. At the moment, there’s just a janitor and nurse aide who live in the community.”
Another villager, who asked to remain anonymous, said:
“There were two nurses and a health technician. They initially started complaining about being tired when reporting for duty in the morning and were claiming that they were not having restful nights.
“They then opened up and explained what was happening at the clinic. The male health technician had a torrid time one night with the creatures pulling his penis and testicles. He struggled walking in the morning as his privates were swollen. His wife had a miscarriage recently, and we believe this could be linked to the tikoloshe issue. They left as they could not stand the abuse anymore.”
The tikoloshes were also tormenting teachers at Shale Primary School, according to the villager.
“The tikoloshes have sex with females, and men wake up with swollen privates. Sometimes female teachers wake up sleeping outside their rooms, with their food mysteriously eaten.”
The villagers agreed to hire prophets or traditional leaders at an emergency meeting called by the villagers.
The villagers who accuse tikoloshes of being behind the fear have also decided to expel the tikoloshes’ owner once they have been identified.
A prophet from an apostolic group from Rusape performed a cleansing ceremony, according to Moyo, and he identified a local politician as the owner of the supernatural beings.
The villager stated:
“There was shock all around when our local Zanu PF councillor was pointed out as the owner of the tikoloshes. She was quite upset and took the matter to the police who arrested the prophets.
“The prophets were later fined US$20 each at Esigodini and released.”
However, it was learned that a local traditional healer, headman Nkala, dismissed the cleaning ceremony, claiming that the traditional chiefs are looking for “real” prophets to hire.