Chief wants witch hunters out­lawed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/ Obituary - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bu­reau Chief

TSIKAMUTANDAS are caus­ing havoc across the coun­try and must be jailed as they are a dan­ger to so­ci­ety, the pres­i­dent of the Chiefs Coun­cil, Chief For­tune Charumbira (pic­tured), has said.

In an in­ter­view with The Chron­i­cle, Chief Charumbira said the tsikamutandas who al­legedly ac­cuse vil­lagers of prac­tic­ing witch­craft and force them to pay cash or live­stock for ser­vices ren­dered should be re­ported to the po­lice.

He said lo­cal chiefs must not al­low the Tsikamutandas to op­er­ate in their ar­eas.

Chief Charumbira said po­lice must ar­rest the witch hunters as they were rip­ping off com­mu­ni­ties.

“Tsikamutandas are a neg­a­tive de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. They are a men­ace that should be brought to book. I urge af­fected peo­ple to re­port them to the near­est po­lice sta­tion. It is a crim­i­nal of­fence to ac­cuse some­one of prac­tic­ing witch­craft and their acts shouldn’t be en­cour­aged,” he said.

Chief Charumbira said chiefs should not par­tic­i­pate in the witch hunt­ing ex­er­cises in their ar­eas.

“Chiefs should be the ones who should be tak­ing a lead in pro­tect­ing their sub­jects, chiefs should ban tsikamutandas in their vil­lages,” he said.

Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema re­cently said witch-hunt­ing di­vides com­mu­ni­ties, caus­ing un­nec­es­sary mis­un­der­stand­ings among the peo­ple. He said many of the witch-hunters were char­la­tans bent on steal­ing peo­ple’s money and live­stock.

Mean­while, Chief Charumbira said the chiefs must not pro­mote child mar­riages.

“Early child mar­riage is to­tally un­ac­cept­able. Our cul­ture doesn’t sup­port that and per­pe­tra­tors should also be ar­rested,” he said. - pchi­tumba1

A Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil em­ployee clings dan­ger­ously to the back of a coun­cil truck re­cently. The ac­tions of the man pose a dan­ger to him­self and other road users

Tatenda Alex Tawanda Sit­hole

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