The High Court in Mzuzu has granted an order banning traditional doctors from operating in the country, arguing they are fueling attacks on persons with albinism.
The court has also banned media institutions such as radio stations and newspapers from carrying any advertisement on traditional doctors.
Judge Dingiswayo Madise granted the order on Wednesday following an application by three Mzuzu-based residents.
Through their lawyer, George Jivason Kadzipatike, the residents argued that by allowing traditional doctors operating and advertising about their trade in the media is fueling the continued abduction and killing of people with albinism in the country.
Recently government put a ban on foreign witch-doctors plying their trade in Malawi in a bid to curb a rising wave of abductions, attacks and killings of albinos.
Government’s interventions came after albinos petitioned Parliament, demanding among others the execution of convicted murderers.
The government also pledged to send children with albinism to boarding schools as one way of offering them protection while guaranteeing them their right to education.
In a statement, President’s Chief political adviser Dr Hetherwick Ntaba said that only herbalists who adhered to a code of practice would be allowed to operate in Malawi.
“Foreign witch-doctors should immediately stop plying their trade in Malawi. We have just learnt that some witch-doctors who were banned in Tanzania and others from Mozambique fled to Malawi and are fueling attacks on people with albinism. They must be deported,” said Ntaba.
He accused the foreign witch-doctors of fueling killings by lying to superstitious Malawians that albino body parts when mixed with other charms bring good luck and wealth.