Some female health workers at Bushinga Rural Health Centre in Chief Kaingu’s chiefdom in Itezhi Tezhi district have threatened to flee the institution because of alleged witchcraft practices in the Chiefdom.
The health workers complained that they are subjected to having sex with suspected wizards at night.
Itumbi Ward Councilor Boyd Musangu confirmed the incidence to ZANIS, saying that he has since called for an emergence meeting to sensitize people in the area.
He said that he has received numerous reports involving wizards having sex with health workers at night and the office of the District Commissioner has also been informed.
The civic leader said the victims are made to fall in a deep sleep using witchcraft and later the witches sleep with them.
“They complain that at night witches sleep with them and then mark them with tattoos on their private parts,” Mr. Musangu said.
The civic leader stated that this practice was against Christian values and a sin against the victims.
“I’ m worried that if such practices continued, government workers will leave the institution and the majority of people will not have the much needed health services which have been brought at their door steps,” Mr. Musangu said.
He pointed out that according to Zambian laws practicing witchcraft was illegal and punishable.
Mr Musangu further said that the practice is also against human rights to which Zambia is signatory.
In 2014, School girls at newly built Kabanga School in Chief Chilyabufu’s chiefdom in Itezhi Tezhi were reportedly witnessing short weird men who caused them to collapse.
The situation caused tensions between the teachers and communities and teachers threatened to leave the place and the incidence caused absenteeism among pupils.
In the same year there were also reports from Kachinka Primary School in Chief Musungwa’s chiefdom where pupils and a Teacher who died a long time ago were reportedly re-appearing every year during examinations.
The ‘ghost’ of the deceased teacher was reportedly seen invigilating examination classes, a development that worried teachers and some parents who did not believe in such things.
Other reports were from Shambala Basic School in Chief Shezongo’s chiefdom and Babizhi Rural Health Centre were some teachers and health workers left the institution due to reportedly rampant witchcraft.