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Police Will Only Probe If There’s Official Report

Practising witchcraft is against the law. This was confirmed by Northern Divisional Police Commander (DPC) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa. His statement follows reports that a church group
15 Jul 2018 10:00
Police Will Only Probe If There’s Official Report

Practising witchcraft is against the law. This was confirmed by Northern Divisional Police Commander (DPC) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa.

His statement follows reports that a church group and villagers burned two houses of evil at Dogotuki Village in Macuata last Friday. Elders claimed that witchcraft practised in these houses had been responsible for the death of 20 men in the village.

The burning was part of the spiritual cleansing crusade in the chiefly village by the Christian Mission Fellowship (CMF) Church in the Northern Division led by Reverend Setereki Vuki.

While there has been no scientific proof that witchcraft has been successful, SSP Waqa said most people who appeared before him were bold enough to use it as an excuse, thinking they could escape the wrath of the law.

“Some people had even gone to the extent of naming the demons that were being worshiped,” SSP Waqa said .

“They are so precise that they even name the evil spirit like Moro, Tatanasui or Dakuwaqa.

“We must shift out of superstitious beliefs and clearly draw a boundary around it. We have not received any official complaints from Dogotuki villagers.

“People need to be responsible for whatever happened to them instead of taking an easy way out and blaming others for it, like using witchcraft as the excuse.”

SSP Waqa said regardless of whether or not witchcraft was successful, people must not take the law in their own hands.

“If they suspect someone of practising witchcraft and it is disturbing the peace in their community, they must report it to Police.

“Police cannot step in to do investigations, when there are no official reports. It is against the law and is a taboo, it is stated in the Fiji Crime Decree 2009, it is a Crime against humanity – an inhumane act,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vitina  chief Peni Cavuilagi said no village member had owned up to be practising witchcraft.

“I hope that someone will come out clean before the spiritual cleansing ends,” Mr Cavuilagi said. The 21-day spiritual cleansing period will conclude next Sunday. Edited by Percy Kean

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