Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Zim Prophets and Sangomas To Undergo Strict Vetting

The days of bogus sangomas (witch-doctors) and prophets will soon be over, as the Traditional Medical Practitioners Association (TMPA) has made it mandatory for all operators to undergo a thorough vetting exercise after which they should apply for licences to operate.


TMPA Matabeleland South provincial chairperson Mr Zecks Dube said they will not entertain any unlicenced practitioners and violators of this regulation will face the full wrath of the law.

"We are going to arrest all practitioners who will be found on the wrong side of the law because we are not going to watch them put the people's lives at risk," said Mr Dube

TMPA is a traditional healers regulatory body which was provided for by Government statutes. Mr Dube said the body would conduct vetting exercises through their provincial offices nationwide.
Zim Prophets and Sangomas To Undergo Strict Vetting
"After vetting they can collect application forms to apply for the licence to operate legally," said Mr Dube.

He further went on to say the application process was already on and anyone found practising without a licence would be ordered to shut down their operations with immediate effect.

"We will launch a fully fledged operation against unlicenced practitioners beginning this month and with that said I would like to urge all practitioners to put their papers in order. This operation is irreversible and it will favour no one. Practitioners must apply because that is the required standard which needs to be followed by each and every traditional healer and prophet" said Mr Dube.

He also said herbalists were supposed to be licenced in order for them to practise. They are not allowed to sell their herbs at undesignated areas and as an association, TMPA is working towards building recognised structures for them. - Metro
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