|Makandiwa, Angel face arrest|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:49|
All traditional healers, prophets, faith healers and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe claiming to have healing powers should register with the council.
Church representatives yesterday said it was impossible to classify prophets in the same bracket with traditional leaders.
ZTMPA president Mr Friday Chisanyu yesterday said the council had since engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Police to arrest all unregistered prophets.
Angel who are operating, but have not registered, as stipulated by the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council Act,” he said.
Mr Chisanyu said it was the TMPA’s mandate to register, control, regulate and promote the activities of traditional medicines in Zimbabwe.
“It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous prophets and traditional healers were engaging in criminal activities around the country that have left trails of disaster such as broken families, loss of herds of livestock and even deaths,” he said.
There are about 500 registered prophets and traditional healers in Zimbabwe while the rest are operating illegally.
“My comment is that the Prophet (Angel) is out of the country but we are not registered because we cannot be classified in the same bracket as n’angas,” he said.
He also claims that his prophetic gift often reveals people’s names, addresses and some pertinent information on the lives of members of the community.
Pastor Prime Kufa’s phone went unanswered yesterday.
without the application of operative surgery any ailment of body or mind by traditional methods.
“The biggest question is whether the use of water, stones or sticks that they use are traditional methods. The only difference is that a spirit medium, n’anga or traditional healer probably uses the belief of ancestors so on, but prophets lead to God as well, they go through Jesus, in Christianity and so on, but in terms of practising they use the same methods of analysing and diagnosing,” he said.
Mr Bhatasara said the only exception is where you use operative equipment like doctors who are covered under the Health Council Act. “So I think these people can be charged, but probably if they have a smart lawyer their methods are not traditional methods,” he said.
business for gain as a traditional medical practitioner, whether or not purporting to be registered; pretends, or by any means whatsoever holds himself or herself out
to be a registered traditional medical practitioner; or uses the title “Registered Traditional Medical Practitioner” or any name, title, description, or symbol indicating or calculated to lead persons to infer that he or she is registered as a traditional medical practitioner.
Falsely claiming to be a registered spirit medium constitutes a similar offence.
A registered practitioner who is found guilty of such conduct or who is grossly incompetent is liable to disciplinary measures, which include cancellation or temporary suspension of registration.