Manjuzu is believed to be a mermaid spirit that endows its worshippers with wealth and a good life.
While many people believe that being initiated into the manjuzu cult in return for a prosperous lavish life comes with a curse if one breaks the rules, Caroline Mhenza, a Manjuzu based in Chitungwiza, said things have been excellent since her initiation. She said:
Everything is just super, I’ve never had any misfortune of any sort since my realisation that ndine Shave re njuzu.
I have all that I need in life, zvitori bho, no problems.
In fact, ma Christians vanoda kuzviita vatsvene vachitaura zvavasingazive.
Hakusi kuromba or anything, varipandiri vanondionesa zvizvhinji, I do all I can see munhu akasarudzwa.
Another manjuzu who preferred anonymity told H-Metro that she didn’t apply to be one, but was “chosen”. She said:
People don’t understand that hakusi kuromba, zvinhu zvakauya ndisina kutsvaga.
Handisini ndakazvitsvaga asi ndakasarudzwa.
Ndinoona zvakawanda and chipo chandakagara ndinacho handina kuzvisarudza.
Kuti zvese zvibude, zvifambe ndivo vakandigara.
Meanwhile, a Harare-based preacher, Bigboy Kathumba, said the water spirits are anti-marriage spirits and make the manjuzu love partying and overdressing.
He added that the mermaid gives the victims wealth for a short period before taking it away. He said:
The manjuzu is now a cult that has taken over among young people and has also spread into churches even praise and worship.
Pastors are also into it, that is why muchinzwa kuti pastor awanikwa nemukadzi wemunhu.
Kathumba claimed it is fairly easy to tell if someone is into the Manjuzu cult by merely looking at their dressing. He said:
There are signs that one is now a manjuzu or has mashave enjuzu.
They wear silk glittery fashion and revealing clothes.
They have too much love of jewellery with anklets, chain mumakumbo, ring pa guvhu, rurimi ne mhuno.
Kuda kuzvimirira ega, kusada kutongwa nemumwe munhu.
Vazhinji vari mumapoka aya emanjuzu vanoda ma party, mafaro ekudzoka mangwana kana mambakwedza.
Chikwata chizhinji hachidi zvemba asi kufara.
Hazvishamise kuona munhu aine musoro we purple kana kuita sa Judge wemumatare edzimhosva.