TANZANIAN VILLAGE HIRING CONGOLESE HEALERS TO EXORCISE EVIL SPIRITS AFFLICTING SCHOOL

DAR-ES-SALAAM-- A team of traditional healers from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be hired to exorcise "evil spirits" allegedly afflicting pupils at the Kabwe Primary School, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Nkasi District of Rukwa Region (Province) in western Tanzania.

Kabwe Village Government Chairman Richard Madeni said the decision to hire traditional healers from the DRC was reached at after traditional doctors from the area feared to engage themselves in the matter, alleging that the mission was "very difficult and most dangerous".

Reports reachig here said the "spirits" had been affecting only girls at the school since November, last year. The school has a population of 2,085 pupils from Standard One to Seven, with more than 900 girls.

Madeni said the spirits were only disturbing girls in Standards Five and Six. Our local traditional healers told us that exorcising the evil spirits requires services of very skilled and experienced doctors that is why, we as village government leadership opted to use the services of foreign traditional healers, particularly the DRC, he said.

We regularly received them (traditional doctors) from the neighbouring DRC ... they cross Lake Tanganyika to our area. This time around, we eagerly need them. We hope they will arrive before the re-opening of the school as currently schools have closed for the Easter Holidays." -- NNN-DAILY NEWS

Narrating the worrying incident, Mr Madeni further said that in February this year, the Efatha Church asked for permission from the village authorities to exorcise evil spirits 'camped' at the school and subsequently disturbing girls, he said the permission was granted to the church.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK