‘Mermaids’ scare off workers

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Harare - Agovernment minister in Zimbabwe says work has stopped on new reservoirs because workers have been scared off by mermaids, a report has said.

According to orangenews.com, Minister of Water Resources Samuel Sipepa Nkomo reportedly told a parliamentary committee that terrified workers were refusing to return to the sites, near the towns of Gokwe and Mutare.

He said the only way to solve the problem was to brew traditional beer and carry out rites to appease the spirits.

“All the officers I have sent have vowed not to go back there,” Zimbabwe’s state-approved Herald newspaper quoted him as saying.

The senior politician allegedly said mermaids were also present in other reservoirs around the country.

The building of the reservoirs is long overdue, but is considered essential if Zimbabwe is to provide adequate water for its population and boost agricultural production.

The belief in mermaids and other mythical creatures is widespread in the country, where many people combine a Christian faith with traditional beliefs. – IOL


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Ray, wrote

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05:00pm on 13 February 2012
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Christians believe in winged angels, talking burning bushes, holy ghosts, a pointy-tailed devil etc. Just how far off is this from believing in mermaids?

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Majays, wrote

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12:08pm on 13 February 2012
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Have you ever seen the coat of arms of Warsaw? Just to prove this is not just Zimbabwean mirth.

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:54am on 13 February 2012
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Wow....and these people are running countries now.....

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Dave, wrote

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11:01am on 13 February 2012
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Can see striking works with signs reading, "Scared! Need BEER!"

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babbona, wrote

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07:50am on 13 February 2012
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Instead of building dams they must build breweries! Because mermaids dont swim in beer. The other problem with beer is that the more beer you drink the higher the chance that you might see mermaids again!

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vuyo, wrote

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06:24am on 13 February 2012
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why when it comes to black ttraditional beliefs does the white man jump in and discredits the black race's beliefs as satanic , moronic and in so doing laugh and mock it. we were told stories of creatures that turned into wolves, women that rode on broomsticks and a monster in a lake that has never been seen, a creature that lives in the snowy mountains with a huge foot. many of the 'white' folklores which are told today were , and of which some are, held in high esteem and are believed straight till this day. christianity in itself too ,initially, when adopted by the roman empire,merged both biblical and roman pagan traditions and beliefs. (do your research). i just wish that some of you can experience first hand encounters of the dark ish that goes on in africa before putting the gray matter of individuals who believe in these things into question. the bulk of black traditions is lost and is replaced by white traditions because of people looking down on black tradtion. there is the bad part in boh of these traditions (black & white) and no race should laugh or mock the other as a result of their traditions and or beliefs. before you mock and laugh, seek understanding because ignorance is highly contagious unless one seeks to learn more of things which they do not honestly know.

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Darkie, wrote

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05:59am on 13 February 2012
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What is a mermaid and where does the word come from. Lets have a definition from all you who just jump into critisizing and speak of devils

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:23am on 13 February 2012
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Most modern christians pracise a mixture of christian and pagan beliefs. ex. Easter, the date of christ's birth, mistletoe, the christimas tree, yule tide log, etc.,etc.,etc... All pagantraditional belief...we are no different.

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Frazier, wrote

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05:56pm on 12 February 2012
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Nice one. Trying to get more men to come up and work there. Hope they dont pay in Zim dollars.

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DPierce, wrote

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03:18pm on 12 February 2012
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1. Anonymous posters chastising other anonymous posters for being anonymous? Very funny stuff! 2."You cannot believe in God if you do not believe in the devil as well" - Sorry anonymous...there are many different belief systems. Christianity isn't the only game in town. One CAN believe in God and not in the Devil...don't project your limited beliefs on others.

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Nick, wrote

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12:55pm on 12 February 2012
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I'm just glad I'm not superstitious How dumb...

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:12am on 12 February 2012
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what? mermaids like beer? that sounds like rubbish

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Anonymous, wrote

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08:47am on 12 February 2012
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Sooo, where can I get some of that beer? Cheers

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MrObvious, wrote

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06:42am on 12 February 2012
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I don't know whats worse....The workers being afraid of a mythical creature or that their Minister of Water Resources thinks "beer" can solve the problem of the men not working, if anything wouldn't it do just the opposite? On a more humorous note...I never saw a mermaid when I drank beer, although all the women did get prettier.

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Rupert, wrote

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12:23am on 12 February 2012
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Clearly the U.S. government needs to intervene.

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:05am on 12 February 2012
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I'm reading this from England, have printed the story out to show my mates in the pub, this should bring some laughs. Africa is a joke ha ha...

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tim, wrote

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09:00pm on 11 February 2012
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but as for me and granpa, we believe !

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Anonymous, wrote

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08:31pm on 11 February 2012
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Mermaids are not demons or related to the devil. They are part of the fairy family.

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Rocky Lane Moore, wrote

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08:01pm on 11 February 2012
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Obviously, they are ugly Mermaids!

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Imagine, wrote

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06:49pm on 11 February 2012
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So, where are the pictures. Not a single official took a camera when they went to check it out? I won't believe there are mermaids there until I see the pictures. I think they used it as an excuse to make beer. In this day and age, it's annoying to hear this kind of stuff without the visual back up.

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