IOL News has reported that a government minister in Zimbabwe claims that work has stopped on new reservoirs because the employees have been scared off by mermaids.
Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, the Minister of Water Resources, reportedly told a parliamentary committee that terrified workers were refusing to return to the sites, near the towns of Gokwe and Mutare due to an infestation of dangerous (and evidently thirsty) half-human, half-fish aquatic engimas.
Nkomo claimed the only way to solve the problem was to brew traditional beer and carry out rites to appease the spirits, nevertheless the senior politician conceded that even with this frothy gift his emissaries were too frightened to return to the reservoirs. Zimbabwe’s state-approved Herald newspaper quoted Nkomo as stating:
“All the officers I have sent have vowed not to go back there.”
The building of the reservoirs is considered essential if Zimbabwe is to provide adequate water for its population and boost agricultural production.
This may prove to be a problem as these vicious mermaids were also said to be present in other reservoirs around the country where many people combine a Christian faith with traditional beliefs.
In Zimbabwe, the confidence level of the population at the Mermaid myth is varied. Some are skeptical of the existence of the Mermaid and other mythological creatures, but some believe Mermaids really exist in Zimbabwe, although not seen.
Is this folklore running out of control or will a military expedition finally reveal photographic proof or even, perhaps, a curious carcass confirming the existence of these enigmatic creatures that have been a part of human legend since virtually the dawn of time… only time will tell.