Activist against ban of traditional doctors

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Malawi human rights activist Timothy Mtambo has expressed concern over the Mzuzu high court’s decision to ban witchdoctors as a solution to the killings of people with albinism in the country.

High court judge Dingiswayo Madise on Wednesday granted an order banning the traditional doctors who are widely believed to be one of the reasons for the increase of albino attacks.

Timothy Mtambo

Timothy Mtambo says traditional doctors ban is not welcome.

The ruling followed an application made by three residents from Mzuzu through their lawyer George Kadzipatike to ban the native doctors.

Speaking to Malawi24 on Thursday, the human rights activist Mtambo argued that it was too early for the country to ban witchdoctors.

“As a country we need to be very careful with this issue, because we haven’t made research that have proved that witchdoctors are behind the killings.

“When you have a new jacket you don’t throw away the old one,you keep both, what am trying to mean now is that Malawians have been relying on these doctors before hospitals were known to people,” said Mtambo.

Mtambo added that the immediate solution can be provision of security to people with albinism and knowing the total number of albinos in the country.

He also urged community policing to take control by providing security in communities.

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  1. Inu okonda nyanga,juju,chitaka,matsenga simungamve bwino kukuthetserani Witchcraft! That’s y mukufunakutsekereza nkhaniyi. Kodi ku Tanzania kulibe ma Activists? Txwiii mfwitu izi

  2. Inu okonda nyanga,juju,chitaka,matsenga simungamve bwino kukuthetserani Witchcraft! That’s y mukufunakutsekereza nkhaniyi. Kodi ku Tanzania kulibe ma Activists? Txwiii mfwitu izi

  3. Kodi awa mumati otimenyelela ufuluwa amenewa ndiye kuti tizit mavito omwe amabwela chifukwa cha zaufulu wawoz zoti dziko lino likuwonongeka sakuziwa tizit

  4. Kodi awa mumati otimenyelela ufuluwa amenewa ndiye kuti tizit mavito omwe amabwela chifukwa cha zaufulu wawoz zoti dziko lino likuwonongeka sakuziwa tizit

  5. Kupha ma albino kwayamba pompano kale kunalibe, asing’anga analiko kuyambira kalekale olo mumalemba, boma lingopeza njira kapena ngati akunena Winiko

  6. Madilu akulu akulu awa I don’t think a sin’ganga a ku Malawi can handle ndalama zikutchulidwa apazi, ma parts a ma albino I believe they are taken outside Malawi to countries like Tanzania n Mozambique and in Malawi kuli chain. 1st step ndi ma dobadoba okapha ma albino and 2nd step ma dobadoba amatenga ma parts kupeleka kwa ma big amene akudziwa kumene kuli misika kunja and the so called big kahunas ndi amene akudziwa mmene katundu amayendera from Malawi to the final destinations which are countries outside Malawi kumene kumakhala ma payments. Asing’anga akumalawi can’t handle these it’s just a thing of diverting attention from ma main dealers who are some powerful people in this country. The best way I believe was death sentence leave the Asing’angas alone and deal with anthu enieni who are behind this

  7. de activists r doing great on my own opinion..coz (1) if we take a closer luk on de albino markets,we wl see dat its all from abroad i.e mozambique n tanzania not here in malawi (2) had it been its our local witchdocters who r triggering de act of killin de innocent albinos ,definately dey could be living in mansions and possibly driving expensive cars jst bcoz UN states dat a set of albino parts reaches far as over 30 million malawian kwacha ,so jst imagine (3) banning witchdocters who jst kno how 2 giv a person gondolosi ,its breaking his/her right n a way of living,tsono adzikadyera kutko?? ndikuwuuzeni guyz diz albino killing acts are associated wth big men from boma,,,blv mi

  8. Y is it that most of our human rights activists always fight for the negative side.I wonder on whose side bwana Mtambo akadakhala kuti ali ndi mwana wachi alubino akanatenga.

  9. ban them. For those who rely on traditional spiritualist incase of illness or for whatever the reason .I think it’s high time for you to try professional herbalist who are well certified..

  10. Nikaotsetsa Mtambo sananenepo ma albino aziphedwa ai. Akukana zo bana asing’anga bc. Muka baner asing’anga akunowa nanga akunjawa?

  11. Inunso a human rights mumationjeza, inu nomwe mukukana kuti okupha ma albino axipasidwa death sentence, apaso za ban ma witchdoctor mukutinso njoooo zakuti zanu nonse

  12. Inunso a human rights mumationjeza, inu nomwe mukukana kuti okupha ma albino axipasidwa death sentence, apaso za ban ma witchdoctor mukutinso njoooo zakuti zanu nonse

  13. Ziwalozo I hope zikugulitsidwa kunja kwa dziko and omwewa otchukawa akupedza ma line nde amphawi akungopangidwa ma hire..

  14. Poor witchdoctors!! Inu akuru akuru aboma ndiamene mkurimbikitsa mchitidwe opha ma albinos osati asing’anga ongopereka mankhwala amumbimbawa,achoka nayekuti 75000 dollars kt agure set ya ziwaro za albino? Atsogoreri anuwo akuziwapo kanthu,aletseni asing’anga wo ngati zitizisinthe, mawa munva Ku domasi kwafa mmodzi!! You guys do you think asing’anga wa angagure ma ziwaro za albino? Mesa bwezi sing’anga yense ali ndi Ferrari, adzathu oremerawa ndiomwe akugura dziwarozo ndipo amadziwako komwe amakaguritsa! Zinthuzi zinayamba Ku mayiko akunja,so do you think mkasiyitsa asing’anga ndiye mwasova!? Hahahah!!!!? According to BBC world service 75000 dollars a set of albino bones,about 975000rand,kaya kumalawi ndidzingati!!
    Tiyeni timpemphe mulungu atiphudzise chiyanjano,chikondi chachibadwidwe,poti tikakhala ndichikondi sitingamaphane mwauchigawenga chonchi,
    Mwaona mwayipha yipha tsono ma albinos basi mkumadzira asing’anga,
    Tiwauza asing’anga kt awurure omwe amampha ma albinos ndani myarukepo apa

  15. I think we are too quick in judging Mtambo. Firstly let’s hear and understand his arguments…..according to him, the judgement has been passed hastily without a proper investigation. Looking at the case at hand, one can possibly agree with Mtambo that is beyond the witchdoctor’s comprehension. The issue is beyond the horizon of our eyes. Remember that Mtambo is a defender of peoples rights and it is easy because the rights being defended are those of witchdoctors…but one day it will be our rights when a court will have given a judgement against us. Will we judge him him the way we are doing then? Witch doctors are humans and also Malawians, they equally deserve to have their case properly scrutinised just as we may wish ours too. Continue fighting for our rights Mr Mtambo. We appreciate your noble role and don’t be pulled behind in anyway…….

  16. Who is an activist?What is law?Who are law bearers?I believe the government was here telling us that there is no witchcraft on earth to the extent of making a decree.Now you come with complaints when you are sparing witches in a cloud by the name of traditional doctors??

  17. Ine bvuto langa Lili poti monse ndinayambira kumva zakuphedwa kwa amzathuwa ena amangidwapo koma sindinamve kuti msing’anga wina watchulidwapo ndipo wamangidwa ndiye sindikuona chifukwa Choti asing’anga ena osalakwa avutikenao .chifukwa anthu ambiri amathandizidwa ndi asing’anga amwewa pamabvuto osiyanasiyana kupatula zokhwimazo.

  18. Ine bvuto langa Lili poti monse ndinayambira kumva zakuphedwa kwa amzathuwa ena amangidwapo koma sindinamve kuti msing’anga wina watchulidwapo ndipo wamangidwa ndiye sindikuona chifukwa Choti asing’anga ena osalakwa avutikenao .chifukwa anthu ambiri amathandizidwa ndi asing’anga amwewa pamabvuto osiyanasiyana kupatula zokhwimazo.

  19. aletse asing’anga malawi muno cz ndi amene akumanamiza anthu kuti albino amabweletsa mwai,mwai wantundu wanji? mubwele poyela munene inu asing’anga azathu akusowa mtendele dziko lawo lomwe.a human rights inu bwanji mukulephera kumenyelera ufulu wa albinos in ths contry yet nw ur busy protecting witchdoctors,kapena nanunso ur behind ths,mufa imfa zowawa samalani sure.

  20. aletse asing’anga malawi muno cz ndi amene akumanamiza anthu kuti albino amabweletsa mwai,mwai wantundu wanji? mubwele poyela munene inu asing’anga azathu akusowa mtendele dziko lawo lomwe.a human rights inu bwanji mukulephera kumenyelera ufulu wa albinos in ths contry yet nw ur busy protecting witchdoctors,kapena nanunso ur behind ths,mufa imfa zowawa samalani sure.

  21. This doesn’t make sense at all , thise doctors are working as selfemproyed n that’s the only way that brings food on their tables, now if u are stopping them will u provide them with the needy ? Pay them schools .if u have nothing to say sometimes it’s good to stay quiet rather than provoking the innocence.

  22. This doesn’t make sense at all , thise doctors are working as selfemproyed n that’s the only way that brings food on their tables, now if u are stopping them will u provide them with the needy ? Pay them schools .if u have nothing to say sometimes it’s good to stay quiet rather than provoking the innocence.

  23. Zilingati matenda a Edzi, boma komanso dziko lonse mankhwa amatendawo amazuwa koma aafuna kupeleka. Apanso omwe akupha anthuwo akuwaziwa koma sinankha otuma ndiwomwewo ndiye palibe chitachitikepo apa

  24. Ufulu Wayambila Kumalawi Eti? Mr Mtambo Azidziwa Atakula Kuti Kuli Ufulu Wa Chibadwidwe Eti? Nanga Ufulu Wa Albino Kulibe? Why Sukulowelera Za Kuzunzika Kwa Anzathu Achi Alubino Wa? Ngati Muli Ndi Udindo Oteteza Anthu?

  25. They want to give us an impression that the witch doctors are behind the killings of ppl with albinsm while they not. Dpp thugs know who r behind this.

  26. MSING’ANGA NKHANI IYI ILI KUTALI KWAIYE, SIMUNGATI TIMUTEME KADZIDZI MPHINI CHIFUKWA CHOKULA MUTU AI. PALI ANTHU AMBILI MUMATI MUKAMUONA SING’ANGA MWATI MFITI NDI AMENEYU POMWE MFITI IMENE SIMUNGAIWONE NDIMASO WANU. NKHANI NGATI IZI ZIMAKHUDZIDWA NDI AKULU AKULU OGWILA NTCHITO M’BOMA MA PROPHET. OSALOZA SING’ANGA CHALA CHIFUKWA CHOKULA MUTU AI MWANAMA. NDIYE NGATI MASING’ANGA MWA BANA NDIYE MISONKHOSO MUTSEKE. KOMASO MUKA BANE ASING’ANGA OMWE ALI MMAIKO OZUNGULILA MALAWI.

  27. MSING’ANGA NKHANI IYI ILI KUTALI KWAIYE, SIMUNGATI TIMUTEME KADZIDZI MPHINI CHIFUKWA CHOKULA MUTU AI. PALI ANTHU AMBILI MUMATI MUKAMUONA SING’ANGA MWATI MFITI NDI AMENEYU POMWE MFITI IMENE SIMUNGAIWONE NDIMASO WANU. NKHANI NGATI IZI ZIMAKHUDZIDWA NDI AKULU AKULU OGWILA NTCHITO M’BOMA MA PROPHET. OSALOZA SING’ANGA CHALA CHIFUKWA CHOKULA MUTU AI MWANAMA. NDIYE NGATI MASING’ANGA MWA BANA NDIYE MISONKHOSO MUTSEKE. KOMASO MUKA BANE ASING’ANGA OMWE ALI MMAIKO OZUNGULILA MALAWI.

  28. This human rights activits ppl r part of illuminati,,believe me,,,amangotsusa zilizonse malo mopeza njila zothesela mavuto a wanthu

  29. This human rights activits ppl r part of illuminati,,believe me,,,amangotsusa zilizonse malo mopeza njila zothesela mavuto a wanthu

  30. Vuto la malawian activits ndi limenero instead of finding way,means,solutions they r busy arguing critisizng we kno kut muli ndi pakamwa koma nthawi zina muzikhalako chete,lets build our beloved country with wisdom.Im ur obedient servant.

  31. Vuto la malawian activits ndi limenero instead of finding way,means,solutions they r busy arguing critisizng we kno kut muli ndi pakamwa koma nthawi zina muzikhalako chete,lets build our beloved country with wisdom.Im ur obedient servant.

  32. Banning traditional healers mean nothing to people of Malawi after all there is malpractice things which has been happen during that kamudza banda time bikili muluzi like azimai kudulidwa mabele kudulidwa azibambo maliseche kodi zinthu sonsezi zomapitisidwa kuti nanga ana banidwa kumalawi kuno ndani?vuto la ma judge athu kumalawi kuno amayendela zoonela Ku maiko ena monga Tanzania kuti ana banner noon so at I atelo asanafufudze kuti vuto ndi chain.

  33. mtambo you are the ones who are working in these offices bewitching fellow workers how can you protect these singangas are you happy with the killings of albinos my friend you are a disgrace to this nation

  34. mtambo you are the ones who are working in these offices bewitching fellow workers how can you protect these singangas are you happy with the killings of albinos my friend you are a disgrace to this nation

  35. Once again I second Hon. Bon Kalindo. These Culprits must put to death, if they are caught.
    If Mr Mtumbo, is insisting that the idiots that a killing our fellow brothers called albinos, they have rights, is he trying to say that the rights of these killers is more valuable than of the albino people?

  36. Once again I second Hon. Bon Kalindo. These Culprits must put to death, if they are caught.
    If Mr Mtumbo, is insisting that the idiots that a killing our fellow brothers called albinos, they have rights, is he trying to say that the rights of these killers is more valuable than of the albino people?

  37. This country is controlled by illuminat y is the government, churchz doing Nuthing? And ntumbo Kaya tambo osaona ufulu wa athu ophedwa?

  38. Challenging a court ruling is not about making noise in the media, but facing the ruling in the court of law. My brother Timothy knows this pretty well. I therefore challenge him to go and lift the injunction not wasting the public’s time with noise in the media. I rest my case.

  39. Sizigwilizana kuphedwa kwa ma albino ndikulesa zisamba pakuti atsing’anga analiko kale lonse koma zimenezo kunalibe , akufunika ndi malamulo wokhwima basii

    • zopha albino xinaliko kuyambira kale. amatiwuza kuti mlubino samamwalira, amangosowa kupita kolowa zuwa. kuletsa ang’anga is one of the malamulo okhwima

    • zopha albino xinaliko kuyambira kale. amatiwuza kuti mlubino samamwalira, amangosowa kupita kolowa zuwa. kuletsa ang’anga is one of the malamulo okhwima

  40. mtamboyu akuchita naye zogulitsa ziwalo za albino nanga akuopa chani?mfiti ndi imfiti kaya ichepe or ikule ndi mfititi basi.witchdoctors are really behind the killing of these albinos because amanamiza athu kut ma albino amabweretsa mwayi.kodi iwe mtambo utakhala iwe mwana wako wa albino waphedwa ungamve bwanji?mtambo iwe ngati ndiwe mtsogoleri weniweni wa human right,kodi ma albino aphedwa angati ndipo wapulumutsa angati?Am agreeing with madise angowabanner ma witchdoctor basi.

  41. Takuona upitilize izi zikuti wawa ife albino nawoso ndi anthu ngati iwe ndiye utsamayakhure kaka ungathethi masimba uli i pala pala from malawi dziko lake liti lochepa ngati limenero mukufuna tigumure malawi?

  42. Ndye nanga atsing’angao azidya chan? Popexa ife tmapta kukagura mthibulo gondolosi mankhwala a mutu paja mzipatala mankhwala mulibe. Apezeren chochta ndinu.

  43. Mr Mtambo you go by what majority wants Iweyo wadya ndalama zambiri za azungu ndiye ukufuna kusangalatsa azunguwo kuopa akukwenya kufunsa ndalama zawo

  44. That statue so-called mtambo is a devil,so you’re telling the whole country that you’re happy with these innocent people Kilings? you belong to hell.

  45. Mtambo its right 100%.banning of traditional doctors its not a solution.not all the traditional doctors are involved in this malpractice,its against their basic human rights. we get help from these traditional doctors so where are we going to get help? in gvt hospitals there are no drugs..pvt hospitals are expensive,as rural people we cant afford.go to hell madise!!

  46. My girlfriend visited me last night.When she went to bathroom to shower,her phone rang,i looked and saw KWESTA CALLING……I didnt say much…. After that,another call came in and when i checked, it was Cosmo(Ding Dong) CALLING hmm i was a little bit nervous but I remained calm.Within few minutes, another call came invfrom a different person, it was Donald(over the moon) CALLING…. I SAID TO MY SELF, DOES IT MEAN THIS GIRL IS A CELEB AND I DON’T KNOW?….. As if that was not enough, another call came in with a stored name as BLACK COFFEE….something stroke my mind and i decided to dial my number to see what she saved mine with hmmmm as i dialed the number what i saw was OLIVER MTUKUDZI CALLING.. up until now asikhulumisani

  47. mtambo wasowa pofera pitiliza uwona mapeto ake anthu a mtundu wanji omangoikira kumbuyo zinthu zoipa achina mathanyula zina ndi izi kapena kuphunzira kwambiri inuyo?

  48. I muchly agree with mtambo…we were nothing without witchdoctor and we still so..
    What abad decion?it can no longer help!let me tell you..witch doctors are not behind albinism attacks,,but the whites and arabs are the one tobe blamed…why?they use them is different categories!!!!…
    .
    Keep this.’some disease maybe healed by babas.ahospital is nothing without them’
    takhalaniko ndi nzelu abale!get up and watch!..now u are banning them today!i swear u shall remember them….if so then make sure that you provide enough medicine to your bastard hospitals!ngati nzipatala mulibe mankhala anthu akatenga kuti?kulemela kwanu kutikhuze ife??zopusa basi..thumb up to mtambo!!you realy fighting for freedom

    • If you can understand the reason why witchdoctor in TANZANIA and MOZAMBIQUE were banned then you will get to know what why witchdoctors are banned. Just a reminder in case you have forgotten or you don’t know, those who were banned from TANZANIA and MOZAMBIQUE for the same albino killings are now in your country. YOUR WITCHDOCTORS YOU ARE CRYING FOR CAN NOT HELP YOU BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST PEOPLE LIKE YOU. PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD AND NOT YOUR “ASING’ANGA”. The earlier the better i salute the government for an extraordinary decision. Thank you my GOVERNMENT you have all your support to stop these evil actions.

  49. From my side i support the government. it has does a very glorified decision to ban witchdoctors before they sweep all albinos. It is already known that the albino remains are mixed with other charms to bring wealth and good luck, IF NOT SO THEN NTAMBO MUST TELL THE COUNTRY WHERE THE DEAD ALBINO BODIES OR REMAINS ARE GOING. “HAD WE KNOWN HAVE NEVER HELPED AND WILL NEVER HELP” IN OTHER WAY “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE” My appreciation to my government for putting this decision forward, proceed your good work. Thank you!

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