June 30, 2012
Forced circumcision drive stopped in MbaleAuthorities in Mbale have banned an operation that has been going on in the area by a group of Bagisu men, particularly mechanics, to catch and circumcise all their tribesmen deemed to have dodged the circumcision ritual.
The ban comes after some of the targets who are not Bagisu sought intervention of security against the operation that had seen nearly 50 men circumcised.
Circumcision is practiced among the Bagisu as a ritual to usher one into manhood and is conducted every even year.
Operations such as that in Mbale are common as some men who fear the knife, flee the region to seek safe haven somewhere else.