The Practice and uses of JUJU and the Constitution of Zambia

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As a student of religious studies and civic education and also human rights activist, I will be failing my duties not to give light on the happenings at Heroes Stadium with the use of Juju.

I hope my views will not generate enough controversies to the extent of diluting the context of my argument.

Juju has been and is an ingredient of African tradition religion anywhere on the African continent and is not an illegal practice even here in Zambia to practice publicly.

Zambia has even created a Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs and not a Ministry of Christianity which is a custodian of all religious affairs and matters including the African tradition religion that uses Juju just like some Christians put rosaries and crosses around their necks or arm as necklaces and wrist bracelets respectively.

In tradition religion, men and women of this religion also put fibre strings, strips of cloth around their waist, necks, arms or ankles for protection from evil and this is done publicly in accordance to the constitution.

Just like Chipolopolo lads publicly manifested their Christian beliefs through the offering of prayers on the pitch by raising their hands in prayer and were not vilifying but instead joined in prayer by majority fans, it was wrong for anyone to vilify the Senegalese lads for proudly manifesting their African tradition religion in juju as it is not illegal in the land the game was played.

What was important and key to me was to see whose religion was superior to the other. No wonder CAF and match officials, perhaps agreed with me the reason they did not rule the Senegalese practice out of order or disqualify the lads for practice their juju publicly.

According to Article 19 (1) of our Republican Constitution “except with his own consent, a person shall not be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, and for the purpose of this Article the said freedom includes freedom of thought and religion, freedom of change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others, and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

There was also nothing wrong for the Senegalese lads to have manifested their belief in the African Traditional religion style through juju.

As a way forward, instead in verifying the Senegalese for using juju, the ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs must in future guide visiting players or traders on how to practice their religion in this country to avoid religious intolerance exhibited at the Heroes Stadium.

I hope my fellow religious studies at UNZA and other universities. Lecturers of religious studies at UNZA and other universities such as Prof Chiyeke, Dr. Joseph Hachintu my childhood friend would among others such add their opinions.

Enjoy your holiday.
MacDonald Chipenzi

5 Responses to The Practice and uses of JUJU and the Constitution of Zambia

  1. There is so much intolerance for African religions in this country, your people animism was what your forefathers used to practice before Christianity and islam was used to colonize you, most Zambians are thinking the ref produced that yellow card for juju, no, he gave that player that card for putting on something which was not part of the uniform or team Jersey , how many times have we seen players in Europe been told to remove rings from their fingers or cover it with tape, and cards produced.

    Divide & Rule
    March 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

  2. It’s not about using something also about sportsmanship. So if you use a prescription drug that is legal to enhance your performance, is that OK

    March 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm

  3. Chipenzi is at it again.During the Tripartite Elections of 2016, he publicly campaigned against the Referendum even if as a so called Elections Expert he knew that the Bill of Rights therein was an improvement on the current Bill.He together with Sara Longwe celebrated the failure of the Referendum Bill to go through.Now he is in the forefront in advocating for a fresh Referendum.What hypocrisy!! Juju is not a civilized and honorable activity to practice and that is the more reason why it is done in secrecy.The idea of Juju practice is basically to put a devilish spell on the intended victim and in this case the Zambian football fraternity through their gallant under 20 players. Some Juju has serious health implications on the victim.Is this what Chipenzi admires and wants to propagate?

    Kantu Ni Ako Walya
    March 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm


    March 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

  5. Juju is sometimes used to enforce a contract or ensure compliance. In a typical scenario, a juju spell will be placed on a Nigerian woman before she is trafficked into Europe for a life in prostitution, to ensure that she will pay back her traffickers and won’t escape.

    March 21, 2017 at 4:07 am

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