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The Traditional Medical Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (TMPCZ) has directed all traditional and faith healers to be registered for them to continue practicing their duties without hindrance in Zimbabwe.
This comes after the Ministry of Health and Child Care directed faith healers and herbalists from both churches and traditional religion to obtain licenses for their operations.
In a recent statement, TMPCZ directed unregistered Traditional Health Practitioners to register in their respective provinces.
The statement Reads:
The Traditional Medical Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (TMPCZ) hereby gives notice to all unregistered Traditional Health Practitioners to go and register in their respective provinces. The required categories are:
1. Traditional Healers/Faith Healers, including Prophets and Apostles/Bishops/Traditional Birth Attendants/Spirit Mediums
3. Local and Foreign Traditional Medical Associations
4. Associations representing all categories of different practitioners
5. Herbalists/Herbal Gardens/Traditional Wholesalers/Shops
6. Distributors/Manufacturers of Traditional Medicine
7. Traditional Surgeries/Clinics
8. Training Institutions
The council kindly informs Practitioners that it is a legal requirement to register with the TMPCZ in terms of the Traditional Medical Practitioners Act Chapter 27:14 (Act 38/1981, 6/2000(s. 151), 22/2001 (s. 4), 14/2022 (s. 42)).
Chapter 27:14 Part VI Section 31 stipulates that a person who practices or carries the business as a traditional medical practitioner without being registered is liable to a fine not exceeding (US$400.00) or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.
Traditional Medical Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe is a public entity under the purview of the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
We expect that by the end of March 2023, all legal abiding practitioners will have paid their practicing licenses.
Traditional Medical Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe TMPCZ sentiments comes at a time when reports say most prophets and traditional healers are healing troublesome diseases like cancer.
In 2019 Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) leader Prophet Walter Magaya set tongues wagging when he sensationally claimed he had found the cure for HIV and AIDS.
The brash and flashy self styled prophet was later on convicted of fraud and fined USD$700 for falsely claiming he had a herbal cure for HIV and Aids.