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.
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.