Malawi humanist Thindwa dares ‘witches’ again: Prizes K1m for sorcerers to bewitch him

The Association for Secular Humanism Executive Director George Thindwa has repeated his daring call for witches and wizards in the country to bewitch him insisting witchcraft is only a mere belief with no evidence to prove its existence.

He made the challenge in an interview in Kasungu on the sidelines of a District Executive Committee briefing on a campaign aimed at protecting rights of people suspected to be witches and wizards.

The campaign which is expected to run for three years in nine districts is being funded by the Norwegian Embassy who have since pumped in K206 million.

An economist, Thindwa said he was not surprised that since he made the initial challenge two years ago nobody has come forward to bewitch him saying the failure only vindicates his earlier insistence that witchcraft does not existence.

Thindwa: Witches do not exist
Thindwa: Witches do not exist

“Witchcraft does exist as a belief…but what we are talking about are people who claim to be witches, those who claim to fly at night, visit graveyards and eat dead people; it is this part that has never been proven,” he said.

He said a recent study by his Association shows that although 87 percent of Malawians believe the existence of witchcraft, the research found that people who claim to fly at night in baskets and eat dead people either are not around or they do not exist at all.

“There are a lot of stories of people dying as a result of witchcraft but if you go to well-known pathologist Dr. Dzamalala he will tell you death is due to a particular disease and witchcraft is ruled out,” he argued.

He said it was disheartening to learn that people especially the elderly and children suspected to be witches and wizards are being subjected to various forms of abuse.

Asked if the door was still open for witches and wizards to bewitch him in order for him to change his mind Thindwa said those that can successfully inflict a spell on him were still welcome.

“Yes, they are welcome and the prize is now K1 million and my number is 08888353150; get me on that number and tell me what you want to do to me,” he challenged.

Meanwhile, Thindwa clarified that his project is not in any way aimed at stopping people from believing existence of witchcraft insisting his main objective is to safeguard the rights of victims of witchcraft accusations.

Thindwa is the executive director of the Association of Secular Humanism  and is married to Victoria Msiska. He  hails from Nyungwe in the northern tip district of Chitipa bordering Tanzania and have three children.

Retired Thindwa who holds a masters in trade and development obtained in the United States of America, has worked with a number of government departments. He engages people through membership and the internet, and uses various professionals including teachers and friends to spread the challenge.

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