Mermaids scare off reservoir workers in Zimbabwe

Work has stopped on new reservoirs in Zimbabwe because builders have been scared off by mermaids.

Mermaids scare off reservoir workers in Zimbabwe

Work has stopped on new reservoirs in Zimbabwe because builders have been scared off by mermaids.

Water resources minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo told a parliamentary committee the only way to solve the mermaid problem is to brew traditional beer and get rites carried to appease the spirits after workers were too terrified to go back to the sites.

According to Zimbabwe's state-approved Herald newspaper, he was reported as saying: "All the officers I have sent have vowed not to go back there."

A belief in mermaids and other such creatures is popular in the African country.

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