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COVID19: Bamasaba Cultural Circumcision Hangs in Balance

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Francis Nagimesi, the Prime Minister Inzu Ya Masaba says should the current situation continue they will have no choice but to cancel the celebrations since they can’t go against the corona virus preventive guidelines.
Francis Nabutayi the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Umukuka

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The bi-annual Bamasaba cultural circumcision hangs in balance because of the COVID19 pandemic.    

The official launch of the circumcision calendar, which is organised by Inzu Ya Masaba Cultural Institution, attracts thousands of people from different parts of Bugisu, Kenya and the entire world.    

This year’s launch is scheduled to take place in August. However, it is unclear whether or not the ceremonies will be held because of the government ban on the public gatherings.      

Francis Nagimesi, the Prime Minister Inzu Ya Masaba says should the current situation continue they will have no choice but to cancel the celebrations since they can’t go against the corona virus preventive guidelines.    

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He revealed that this wouldn’t be the first time the cultural circumcision alias Imbalu year will be cancelled, saying the same happened in 1919 due to the hanger crisis that had hit the country and that is how circumcision turned to an even year.     

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He says that as Bamasaba they are equally concerned about the COVID19 pandemic in Uganda and Kenya because Bamasaba occupy both Kenya and Uganda.  

“As Inzu Ya Masaba we have also set a task force headed the Disaster preparedness Minister to work with district authorities to implement the president’s directive and look at how things are moving such that they advise,” he said.  

Nagimesi says that by now they would be holding preparatory and mobilisation meetings for the event in August but they cannot because of the ban on public gatherings and social distancing to prevent the spread of the disease. 

He also there are certain rituals that are supposed to be done during this time before the day of the launch.  

Francis Nabutayi, the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Umukuka’s Office, says they have suspended all planning meetings for the cultural event and the election of a new cultural leader.

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