The ban on witchdoctors was announced by Mathias Chikawe, the Home Affairs minister, who said that if they continued to work, there would be a nationwide operation to prosecute them.
Witchdoctors in Tanzania and a few other African countries believe that body parts of albino people – who lack pigment in their skin – bring wealth and good luck. In the past three years, 70 albino people have been killed, but only 10 convictions have happened. There are over 33,000 albino people in Tanzania.
Ernest Njamakimaya, the chairman of the Tanzanian Albinism Society (TAS) says with cooperation between them and the government, “we can get rid of these incidents once and for all.”
The ban has emerged from the work of a special joint task force between police and the TAS.