CHOMA’s Sibanyati School and a health centre face closure following increased witchcraft practices in the area.
Some teachers and health staff working in Sibanyanti area have called on government to redeploy them to other places due to rampant witchcraft practices.
Speaking during a meeting called by the Choma district administration at Sibanyanti health centre on Thursday, Honest Mushutila head teacher at Sibanyanti Primary School said witchcraft practices in the area were so rife.
Mr Mushutila said the teachers and all the staff want to leave the school because of the witchcraft practices.
“If I am to narrate some of the incidents of witchcraft here it will take the whole day but witchcraft practices here is so rampant, we are now living in fear and we want to leave this place immediately,” he said.
He told the district administration which was led by acting district commissioner Vincent Sikanyela that the incidents of witchcraft were on a daily basis.
He cited an incident where they found human excreta in a grade five classroom which was smeared on some desks and they also found some traditional medicines around one of the teacher’s houses.
He said the teacher who was occupying that house was forced to shift
from the house and to date no one was willing to occupy that said
Sibanyanti Health Centre in charge Gerald Hansunu said patients and staff at the centre have been experiencing attacks of witchcraft.
Mr Hansunu said patients and expectant mothers in the labour ward have reported incidents of hearing footsteps of a person while asleep and that person does not show up.
He said one patient was attacked by a huge snake which wanted to force sexual intercourse with her but upon jostling with the said snake she became paralysed.
In response Mr Sikanyela said government wants the school and the health centre to continue existing in the area that was why they called for a meeting with members of the community to help resolve the problem.
Mr Sikanyela said Sibanyanti Parents Teachers Association with the health committee would meet this chief Singani of the Tonga speaking people of Choma this weekend to decide on what action to be taken to resolve this impasse.
But the members of the community appealed to the staff not to leave the school and the health centre because that would retard development and called on the district administration to assist in finding a traditional doctor who would expose those engaged in such practices.
Mr Ben Mahombe senior citizen called on the district administration to find a solution to the problem because they had fought had to bring a school and a health centre in the area.
“Lets find a solution to this problem than the threats of leaving because we fought had to bring the school in this area,”he said.
Chief Singani’s representative Albert Ngandu appealed to members of the community that had charms to desist from such practices of attacking the teachers and the health staff.
“Lets also commit to prayer one day people involved in such practices will be exposed,” he said.
Area ward councillor Festus Hachambwa urged members of the community to work together and find a solution to end this problem.