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Villagers in one region of Mozambique have begun attacking traders and fishermen – accusing them of controlling the rains to help their businesses.
The superstition, known as “tie rains”, has swept through provinces in central Mozambique like Tete and Zambezia, forcing authorities to act swiftly.
The Mozambican police have said there’s no such thing or person called “Tie Rain” [“Amarra Chuva”] – and warned they will not tolerate anyone accusing people of controlling the rains.
Inacio Dina, spokesperson of the general police command, said:
“We urge all citizens to distance themselves from such practices. What we see are just accusations. As a result, there are already physical offences. These involve the two groups: Accusers and the offended. These accusations are false. This is a phenomenon that does not exist.”
This is not the first time superstition has swept through Mozambique, putting lives in danger.
Five bald men were killed in the country last year after it was rumoured their heads contained gold.Source: BBC
Attack in Anga, Cabo Delgado