Member of Parliament(MP) for Asuogyaman Constituency, Eastern Region, Thomas Nyarko Ampem has revealed that poor and weak old women who are currently at the various witches camps across the country have been taken of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme.
According to him, he realized this the last time he visited the witches camps in the Northern Region in the company of the Gender and Social Protection Minister, Cynthia Mamle Morrison.
The Member of Parliament(MP) said when he quizzed the Minister on why the most vulnerable people in society were taken off the intervention programme just because there is a change in government, the Minister said: “the LEAP Officer was not around and could not give any tangible reason for taking them off”.
He indicated that the old women at the various witches’ camps do not want to be integrated into their communities because of the stigma and the ill-treatment that will be meted at them should they go back even if they are vindicated.
The lawmaker called for education for communities where these old ladies come from because that is the only way the country can fight the ill of declaring old women as witches just because of their age.