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‘Witchdoctor’ tag is hurting Tanzania’s image in the region; Calling TZ a home of Black Magic

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by nngu007, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. nngu007

    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Posted Sunday, June 19 2011 at 11:33

    The number of Tanzanian witchdoctors (or those purporting to have come from there) practising in Kenya is disturbing.

    Posters and sign boards from these witchdoctors claiming to cure a myriad ailments such as gonorrhoea, “lost love,” lost family members, court cases and poor business is shocking. Often, these notices are openly placed on electricity poles in markets, streets and estates.

    Most have Arab names appended, with some “doctor” claiming expertise from Tanzania, the preferred origins being Suba Wanga, Pemba, Tanga, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

    Since witchcraft is illegal in Kenya, why are the police not arresting them even when they so openly advertise their services, complete with phone numbers? Are these “Tanzanians” allowed into the country legally by the immigration department?

    Tanzania has been on the spot for human trafficking and killing of albinos for witchcraft purposes, raising fears of the trade spilling over into Kenya.

    Unlike Kenya, Tanzania tolerates witchcraft and traditional medicine; consider, for instance, the recent nod given by their government to the Loliondo “wonder” drink.

    In Kenya the trade is hated, if the lynching of suspected witches in Kisii, Malindi and most recently Kisumu is anything to go by. This community “justice” shows the failure of law enforcement in curbing the spread of the black arts.

    Ironically, Kenyans plying the trade opt for a “Tanzania” tag to avoid society’s scorn. The tag is for safety reasons; even though their communities are adept at the trade, they won’t advertise it.

    I call on the Tanzanian High Commissioner to Kenya to work closely with the government to flush out the witchdoctors since with East African integration, they give Tanzania a bad image as a hub of black magic.
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    Ruge Opinion JF-Expert Member

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    There is a difference between witchcraft (black magic as the writer puts it) and traditional medicine although some practitioners appear to combine the two. For example, the Masai medicine men and women found in every town these days cannot be called witchdoctors. They are traditional doctors. It is called indigenous knowledge which is passed from generation to generation. Most of the "Tanzanian" medicine men in Kenya (and Uganda) are actually Kenyans and Ugandans. Tanzania, especially Sumbawanga, Tanga, Zanzibar, etc. have a reputation for possessing powerful fortune tellers, herbal medicine men and those based on quasi-Islamic beliefs involving"majini". Labelling oneself a Tanzanian from those places enhances the reputation of the practitioner. I doubt if the trade is hated in Kenya. If that were the case the so called witchdoctors would have a shortage of customers. But the opposite appears to be the case. In Tanzania practitioners of traditional medicine are licensed and regulated. Not witchdoctors. These normally conduct their trade in secret. They don't advertise but those who want to use their services know where to find them. Their customers spread their reputations by word of mouth.
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    fazili JF-Expert Member

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    why don't chase them back home or are u afraid of them? and so believe in their potent work? Check well with your nyang'au levels!