Agencies to submit sorcery action plan


A THREE-day conference on sorcery has come up with 33 points to be included into a sorcery national action plan (Snap) for submission to the Government for endorsement.
The submission will be facilitated by the Constitutional Law Reform Commission through the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Department of Community Development and Religion, churches and Government agencies.
Commission secretary Dr Eric Kwa said the 33 points would be included in Snap to address sorcery-witchcraft and gender-based violence cases in the country.
Kwa said Snap would immediately target sorcery hotspots in Enga, Hela, Jiwaka and Western Highlands.
“To have a unified voice to tackle the issue, we need pastors, shepherds and congregations to provide us the data and information of such practices to enable us move swiftly to address,” he said.
He invited churches and faith-based organisations wanting to join the SNAP committee to submit their names to the commission.
Christian Leadership Training College principal Dr William Longgar said due to the seriousness and critical nature of sorcery and related violence, what was needed was a huge approach similar to addressing HIV-AIDS and gender-based violence.
Longgar said such conferences should involve rural people who themselves should discuss and find apt solutions to the problem.
“Often, we take the top-down approach doing pre-package decisions, answers and counselling for rural communities instead to involve themselves to think, talk and make decisions,” Longgar said.

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