Villagers from Sikapila under Chief Sipepa in Tsholotsho were in shock after their water source was allegedly poisoned and mysteriously turned into a blood red-like color.

It is reported that one of the villagers’ bucketed water looked normal after being fetched at a community borehole before allegedly turning into a reddish color triggering witchcraft fears among the villagers.

The terrified villagers sought the services of a witch-hunter popularly known tsikamutanda for a spiritual intervention over the matter.

A source who attended the witch-hunting exercise said chaos reigned supreme as villagers bayed for the suspect’s blood whose name has been withheld by tsikamutanda due to the situation spiraling out of control.

“The really weird thing is that when the victim left the community borehole, the water in her bucket was so clear and clean. She was shocked when she arrived home to discover that the water had mysteriously turned into a blood red like color.

“When she came back to the borehole and explained her ordeal to other villagers who were still queuing for water that is when they told her the suspicious color was a result of witchcraft.

“It was suspected that somebody had mysteriously spilled poison in her bucket of water,” said the source who requested not to be named while adding that during the witch-hunt the tsikamutanda claimed the suspect was being pushed by a devilish spirit to also poison the community borehole.

The source concluded that villagers resorted to the services of the tsikamutanda after police refused to investigate the “witchcraft” matter and was painstakingly working on the issue hoping to get to the bottom of it.