My Name is Regina susu Banda.
I live in Msisi Compound in Lusaka.
I was once happily married and God blessed me with Six Children (Five have since died).
My husband, the children and I used to live at the village in Petauke in Eastern Province.
My husband was a very responsible and successful farmer, he always made sure that the children and I never lacked anything.
As usual village people used to accuse him of practicing witchcraft and being behind deaths that occurred in the village.
The accusations started after our children started dying one by one.
I lost my five children within a period of five years and this led people to start accusing him of killing our children using black Magic.
They accused him of putting their souls in his maize fields.
There was a woman in the village who died when she was giving birth,the entire village accused my husband of being behind her death.
The accusations made my husband sad,he ended up committing suicide by hanging himself.
He used his belt to end his own life.
When my husband killed himself,rumors started spreading that the father of the dead girl went to Zaire
( now Congo Dr) to see a powerful witch-doctor.
The witch-doctor then asked the father of the deceased girl to buy a belt and did some rituals to the belt and assured him that the person behind his daughter’s death will commit suicide using a belt.
The rumors were so strong such that people believed them.
My husband’s funeral was shunned by everyone,including his relatives.Only a few people attended his burial.
After my husband’s death in 1987,the only relative I remained with was my last born daughter Gertrude who was born in 1980.
My daughter and I then relocated to Lusaka in 1988 because I could not stand the Ill-treatment from the villagers.
I managed to find a room in Msisi compound and that is where I have been living since.
I then started doing a small business of selling Tu Pamela
( Mealie meal), charcoal, vegetables and cooking oil at home.
I built a small makeshift shop commonly known as kantemba in front of the house.
And on Wednesdays and Fridays I used to do piece works of sweeping the roads in town.
I was assigned to sweep Cairo road together with a group of other women.
I managed to educate my daughter till she completed school and went to Evelyn Hone college to study Pharmacy.
And after her studies my daughter was employed in government.
My daughter then suggested that we move to a bigger house but I refused and advised her to first raise enough money and build her own house.
She did as advised and all was well.
God then blessed her with a Man and the two got Married in 2011.
Problems started in 2015 when my daughter left the Catholic church to join a prophetic church.
She could not conceive so her friend advised her to join her church where she was told that I am the reason why she can not have children.
The prophet told her that I have tied her womb and that I have a shrine in the village which i visit every night using demonic powers to perform rituals.
He also told her that I was on the verge of killing her.
My daughter got convinced and was made to believe that I am the reason why she can not conceive.
After the prophesy my daughter went quite on me, it was un-usual of her because she always called to check on me.
I became worried when a week elapsed without hearing from her, so I decided to pay her a visit one Saturday morning at her place in Libala stage three.
Surprisingly when I reached her place she chased me like a dog, calling me a witch, she told me never to go to her place again.
She then went inside her house and got some oil in a small bottle (Anoiting oil) and started applying it on me while casting demons out of me.
Her shouts attracted a lot of people and I was nearly beaten by a mob.People started shouting infwiti! Infwiti!
It was so embarrassing and humiliating.
I tried to make peace with her after that incident but in vain.
Up to-date, she has maintained that she has no mother and still calls me a witch.
It is disheartening to know that my daughter has been brainwashed.Here is a child I raised and made sure she got educated.
The biggest fear of all parents is to see their children’s lives wasted away and honestly Why would I want to destroy something I helped build?
I have not seen her for two years now.I pray that one day she will know the truth and realize that I love her and that I am innocent of her accusations.