THE Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association (Zinatha) spokesperson George Kandiero says it is high time that faith healers, Pentecostal pastors and prophets registered with the association.

According to Kandiero, in terms of the law these people are practising illegally as they are doing so without licences.

He said most of them are not registered and are swindling people of their money under the guise of religion.

Kandiero said the prophets must take advantage of the current country wide outreach programme through which traditional healers are being registered and formalise their work as such an exercise was last done five years ago.

He added: “They should also register with the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council under the Ministry of Health and Child Care.”

This, according to Kandiero, will help to protect the citizens who seek help from the faith healers and prophets.

Kandiero said most faith healers and prophets were practising and prescribing healing aliments as done by traditional healers.

“One has to go before an ethics committee which is responsible for screening new members and this is made up of herbalists, spiritual and faith healers who vet prospective members before being registered,” he said.

“Pentecostal prophets who touch people’s head while praying and healing them and other such faith healers are all traditional healers,” said Kandiero.

According to the law, anyone who heals people using traditional methods is a traditional healer.

According to the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council Act of 1981 the practice of traditional medicine includes every act—the objective of which is to treat, identify, analyse, or diagnose, without the application of operative surgery, any illness of the body or mind by traditional methods.