Written by MALAWI NEWS AGENCY
BLANTYRE--A traditional medical practitioner in Dedza has come out in the open to express his interest to bewitch Association for Secular Humanism (ASH) Executive Director, George Thindwa, for challenging that witchcraft doesn't exist.
Thindwa is an activist fighting for rights of people persecuted for allegedly practicing witchcraft which isn't recognised by Malawian laws though there is a widespread belief of its existence in the country.
He claims that there's no evidence to prove the existence of witchcraft and as such he announced a reward of K500, 000 to anyone who will give proof of witchcraft by bewitching him. The amount was later revised upwards to K1 million after noticing that no witch or wizard came forward to cast a spell on him.
The herbalist, Masiyambuyo Njolomole, who is also president of Dedza Herbalist Association, a grouping of over 2, 000 traditional medical practitioners in the district, said he is ready to bewitch Thindwa.
Njolomole said he is inflamed by recent media reports which quoted Thindwa as insisting that witchcraft doesn't exist as demonstrated by the fact that nobody has bewitched him even when he announced a reward.
Meanwhile, the herbalist is looking for an opportunity to speak with Thindwa and express his interest.
“I called him three times on Monday but he could not pick his phone. He called me a few minutes later after I had sent him a text message. However, when I told him about my interest [to bewitch him] he immediately cut me off,” Njolomole said.
But Thindwa, in a telephone interview, refuted Njolomole’s claims saying he neither received the said text message nor a call Njolomole.
However records in Njolomole’s phone are indicating that he sent a message to Thindwa’s number at 11.55 am on Monday, 25th February, 2013.
The message read: “Ine ndine Dr Njolomole ku Dedza, ndikhonza kukulodzani koma mundipase K2million” (I am Dr Njolomole in Dedza, I can bewitch you if you promise to reward me K2 million).
The phone records are further indicating that Thindwa called later at 12.22 pm and the call was cut off after 18 seconds.
When this reporter told Thindwa about the phone records he insisted that he didn't communicate with Njolomole.
“There was no such communication between us, if he is serious let him just come to my office at Bwandilo in Lilongwe and perform his rituals,” he said.
Thindwa said over 10 people have been threatening to cast a spell on him but nothing strange has happened to him.