High Court judge in Mzuzu, Dingiswayo Madise has granted three-Mzuzu residents an injunction banning herbalists from operating in Malawi as one way of curbing the attacks on persons with albinism.
The injunction has been obtained on the premise that herbalists are fueling attacks on persons with albinism in Malawi.
“After the request of the three concerned Malawians last month to ban witchdoctors activities in order to eliminate issues of albino attacks and killing, this court has today grant the order,” said Madise.
The three, through lawyer George Kadzipatike also asked the court to stop the media from carrying advertisements on herbalists.
Cases of killing and abducting albinos are on increase in the country and Malawians are accusing government for failing to find means of dealing with the malpractice.
President Peter Mutharika has slammed the belief among some Malawian residents, describing the superstition as foolish and ignorant.
“The people who are telling people that it makes people rich are not even rich. They are wearing rags. How can a person like this make your rich if he himself cannot make himself rich?” he told BBC.
Citizen Alliance chairperson Edward Chileka Banda has since told the government to get Malawi Army soldiers out of Dzalanyama forest where they are protecting trees to go and protect people with albinism.
Malawi recently sent officials to neighbouring Tanzania in a bid to gain knowledge on how to deal with the attacks.