Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

30 July 2013

Malawi: Southern Region Traditional Healers Say Witchcraft Exists

Blantyre — The Malawi's southern region Taomboledwa Traditional Healers Association of Malawi Central Africa (TAOTHA) has bashed claims that witchcraft does not exist in the country.

TAOTHA's President, Aifeso Matemba popularly known as Seven Days made the remarks on Monday at the Central Office of Information in Blantyre when the association held a briefing on how they conduct their activities as they also discussed problems affecting their operations.

Making reference to the Holy Bible, Matemba said before creation of the earth and anything in it, there was God alone and it is Satan who brought in sin and from that time, God knew devil lives among his people here on earth.

"I don't know where the word Satan came from, but in Chichewa it means witchcraft. So, the one who says and claims there is no witchcraft, he himself is a Satan. At the same time, he who says there is no witchcraft is un-Godly and he does not read the Bible," said Matemba.

He added that never shall anyone dare to say there is no witchcraft as saying so is like saying there is no Satan in the world.

"My warning to whosoever insists that witchcraft does not exist is that God will take them there. And the only way is to ask for God's favours so that we should know what is hidden from us. I assure you that traditional healers will never go astray because they are taught of the good works about God," added Matemba.

Matemba's remarks come against the background of claims, on several occasions by one of the country's secular humanists, George Thindwa who has been quoted by various media houses claiming that witchcraft does not exist to the extent of even challenging that he would give K1 million to whosoever would bewitch him.

Furthermore, Matemba said they respect the constitution of the Republic of Malawi as it does not approve the existence of witchcraft.

On problems affecting their day to day activities as traditional healers, Matemba said not many institutions recognise the works of traditional healers in the country.

"We are being despised off our duties as many institutions and even government do not recognise the commendable job we do as traditional healers. It was proper if health officials would second traditional healers in all their programmes.

"We are saying so because no traditional healer today would insist on giving a concoction to anybody when they know it would be better for the patient to see a medical doctor. What we are, therefore, doing is to encourage traditional healers that they should refer patients they cannot treat to the hospital.

"We value one's life and it is our wish that government should intervene in our operations so that we are transformed to being experts," he pleaded.

Apart from the other businesses the association does, it also deals with environmental issues and health related issues like HIV and Aids.

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