Sep 30, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Zimbabwe court charges man for saying he buys human toes

A Zimbabwean court has indicted a prankster for joking that he was part of a syndicate that was buying human toes for up to $78,000.

Claims that pressured Zimbabweans sold their toes, to survive went viral on social media two weeks ago, and a senior government official slammed the jokes as trying to tarnish the country’s image.

David Kaseke, a 40-year-old cell phone dealer in Harare, appeared in a video saying he was part of a syndicate that bought human toes for between $26,000 and $78,000.

Kaseke appeared before Judge Meenal Narotam in Harare on Tuesday and was charged with criminal molestation.

Prosecutors said that around 4pm on May 27, the man was approached by a popular tabloid at his workplace in central Harare and told journalists that he was part of the syndicate, the human toe n for ritual purposes.

Little Toe

Kaseke claimed the little toe fetched between $25,000 and $30,000 while the big toe fetched f or $75,000.

The video captured by the tabloid went viral on social media and when Kaseke was arrested he said he made the joke while drunk.

Prosecutors said his joke was “substantially disturbed the comfort, convenience [and] peace of the public by wantonly and mischievously causing [a] false alarm to the public”.

The judge has yet to make a decision on the matter.

Some Zimbabweans posted videos on social media claiming they bought luxury cars after selling their toes.


The government took the claims , that people were selling their toes, so serious that Minister of Information Kindness Paradza opened a shopping center in the zen trum of Harare, where the trade was allegedly taking place, “to investigate”.

< p>“As a government, we have researched this issue and found it to be false,” Mr Paradza told the state-controlled media during the tour.

“These are social media reports aimed at promoting the image of the country.”