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September 23, 2018

Don’t use circumcision war songs to spur vandalism, villagers told

Bukusus boys prepare to undergo for the cut Photos John Nalianya
Bukusus boys prepare to undergo for the cut Photos John Nalianya

Residents of Bungoma County who will take part in this year’s traditional circumcision exercise have been urged to uphold good conduct and shun bad behaviour during the traditional cut.

Speaking at the launch of initiation ceremony for Bukusu and tachoni communities, County Executive Committee member in charge of Public Administration Sabwami Keya cautioned against bad morals and destruction of property in the process of escorting the initiates to be circumcised.

Mr. Keya who represented Bungoma County Governor Wycliffe Wangamati at the event that hosted initiates drawn from all the 9 Sub Counties officially launched initiation ceremony that kicks off today 1st of August to 30th of August this year.

 The County government has pledged to support two needy initiates from each of the 45 wards with medicine and food at the cost of Shs. 4,000 per child.

This is following a training of over 500 people tasked with carrying out traditional circumcision of young boys from Bukusu and Tachoni communities.

They were trained on safe traditional circumcision and each was awarded a certificate that recognizes them as the official practitioners of the exercise.

He however noted with lots of concern that a section of the public in past have indulged in bad habits in the course of the practice.

He reiterated that the initiation ceremony is meant to preserve traditions and history of the communities through the messages passed across in the circumcision songs and good conduct of the participants.

“In the past, songs sang during circumcision season would praise of our heroes and urge the society to shun bad behaviour and emulate good deeds done by those heroes and heroines,” said Mr. Keya.

County Executive Committee member in charge of Gender, Youth, Sports and Culture, Ms. Everlyne Kakai has called upon the initiators to carry out initiation in the required manner to avoid accidents occurring in the process.

“The initiators were taken through the training on good health practice of initiation which is to ensure that none of our generation can be lost due to poor circumcision process,” said Ms. Kakai.

She said initiation ceremony gives the young initiates a sense of belonging and groups them into age sets that guides and nurtures their upbringing.

County Director of Culture Alice Wafula warned any individual performing circumcision outside the set dates as going against the traditions and that stern action will be taken against them.

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