Rotina Mavhunga was supposed to appear in court two weeks ago to hear a Chinhoyi magistrate read out her sentence for lying to the government and swindling it of the equivalent of US$1 million in out of circulation Zimbabwean dollars. The government has so far failed to bring her to court, amid reports that the woman has vanished.
Her latest disappearance bodes well with her somewhat enigmatic status. Before she was first arrested, she disappeared when the government realised that she had pulled fast one with her diesel story. She was however found hiding at Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede’s home.
Sources in the farming town of Chinhoyi told The Zimbabwean that police in the town cannot locate Mavhunga. “Nobody knows where she is at the moment and the court case has been put on hold,” said the source, who asked for anonymity. “There are also reports that the state might want to drop charges on the diesel n’anga because she is seriously ill. Others say she is playing tricks to evade a possible jail term.” During her marathon court case, Mavhunga is said to have pulled a number of theatrics in a bid to frighten the judiciary officials. She has made hissing sounds in court similar to those made by dangerous snakes. Some senior police officers are said to have refused to arrest her, arguing that she has mystic powers.