Zambian man arrested after being found with bags of herbs

A Zambian man was on Thursday detained after he was found in position with bags of herbs and other substances at the Okapuka road block, along the B1 national road.

Addressing the media at the site, Nampol Chief Inspector Christina van Fonsech said that, suspicion aroused when the man had too many bags containing herbs, animal fat, a machete, a bible and what he called anointing water and oil, during the police vehicle search at the road block.

'During our search we came across this man who claims to be a pastor and a traditional healer,' she said.

The chief inspector added that, for a foreign traditional healer to operate in the country, he/she must be registered with the Traditional Authority.

“If a person is operating from a different country there’s a procedure to follow. You must be known by our traditional authorities, where you are from and what illnesses you are treating. In this cases, it does not reflect on the national,” said van Fonsech.

The national has been detained on grounds of working and operating a business in Namibia while on a visit permit and will be kept in custody while investigation into the matter continues.

Also speaking to the media at the cite, the Zambian national said, he is a spiritual healer, who uses herbs and the power of the holy spirit to treat various deceases, return lost lovers, fix broken marriages, help pupils attain promotions and help those seeking employment among others.

“I consults the Holy Spirit on what herbs to use to heal people and to get an understanding of the root cause of a problem,” the national said.

He was traveling from Zambia to Windhoek, on request from his Namibian clients, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency