Malawi humanist Thindwa confronts man who threatened to bewitch him: Herbalist refuses to avail himself

A traditional medical practitioner in the central region district of  Dedza who declared his capabilities to bewitch Association for Secular Humanism (ASH) Executive Director, George Thindwa, had his soft belly exposed when he shunned him this week.

Thindwa challenges that witchcraft does not exist. He pledged a reward of K1 million to anyone who will prove its existence by bewitching him.

Last week, herbalist Masiyambuyo Njolomole who is also president for Dedza Herbalists Association, expressed his interest to bewitch Thindwa.

He claimed he had made attempts to discuss his bid with Thindwa through phone but he was chickening out.

Thindwa: Claims witches do not exist

Thindwa: Claims witches do not exist

However, in a twist of events, the traditional healer lost his nerve when Thindwa came to Dedza to meet him on Wednesday.

Thindwa stormed Malawi News Agency offices in Dedza looking for the reporter who wrote Njolomole’s story and the herbalist himself.

However, Njolomole refused to avail himself when contacted through phone saying he did not want any confrontation with Thindwa.

“I cannot come because he might have plotted something against me. I do not want confrontation” Njolomole said.

He insisted that he had not withdrawn his bid saying he just needed a guarantee of safety before meeting Thindwa. He could not elaborate what sort of safety he was referring to

Thindwa said Njolomole’s refusal to meet him further justifies his position that witchcraft does not exist.

“Since I started pledging monetary rewards in 2009 nobody has bewitched me, people only talk. I want action, not talking,” he said.

Thindwa is an activist fighting for the rights of people persecuted for allegedly practicing witchcraft which is not recognized by Malawian laws but there is a widespread belief of its existence among many communities in the country.

Thindwa said over ten people have been threatening to cast a spell on him but nothing strange has ever happened to him.—(Reporting by Yamikani Sabola)

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