Francis Nagimesi, the Prime Minister Inzu Ya Masaba, says there will be no grand launch of the circumcision season as it has been in the past years. He asked the Bamasaba to consider the recent purported launch of the circumcision calendar at Mutoto cultural grounds by some individuals illegal.
Inzu Ya Masaba, the
Bamasaba cultural Institution has set Standard Operational Procedures-SOPs for
this year’s traditional circumcision celebrations. A stakeholder’s meeting held
on Tuesday at the Institution’s Headquarters in Mbale City discussed possible
measures that will be followed for Imbalu ceremonies to proceed without
contravening the Standard Operating Procedures set by Ministry of Health.
The meeting was
attended by clan heads, traditional circumcision surgeons, regional security
heads led by the Elgon Police Commander, Mbale Resident Commissioner, Inzu Ya Masaba
officials led by the Umukuka and the Commissioner Emergency Services in the
Health Ministry among others. These include among others scrapping Kadodi processions
(the preparatory circumcision dance), brewing local brew, smearing of
candidates with mud and visiting relatives.
The leaders also agreed
that only ten people wearing face masks will be allowed at the circumcision venue
and that the parents of the candidates will be required to provide hand
sanitizers for all participants including surgeons before conducting the circumcision.
The meeting also banned the visitation of candidates to their relative’s home
as the case has been. Candidates often visit the homes of their relatives for gifts
and counseling before their circumcision day.
Francis Nagimesi, the
Prime Minister Inzu Ya Masaba, says there will be no grand launch of the
circumcision season as it has been in the past years. He asked the Bamasaba to
consider the recent purported launch of the circumcision calendar at Mutoto
cultural grounds by some individuals illegal. Nagimesi said the circumcision
season will not go beyond October as it has been in the past years where the
season would go on until December 31st.
He says anyone who goes
beyond October risks being arrested and charged. Nagimesi also revealed that
the cultural institution has agreed to restrict the circumcision ceremonies to
between 7:00am and 04:00pm. The Mbale Resident District Commissioner, Sulaiman
Ogajjo Barasa, says the issues agreed upon by the cultural institution should
be followed by the people intending to hold circumcision ceremonies to avoid
conflicting with the law.
He explained that the guidelines are not meant to interfere with the
activities of the cultural institution but rather to protect Ugandans from
contracting Covid19. John Baptist Woniaye Nambohe, the Commissioner for
Emergency Services in Health Ministry has welcomed the guidelines issued by the
cultural institution, saying they are line with the recommended SOPs issued by
He says the Bamasaba ought to adjust and work within the SOPs since the issue at
hand is about life and death.
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Cue out:….nobody is safe”//
Isa Shimiyu, the Chairperson of Local Surgeons in Mbale
District also welcomed the guidelines, saying they will help them to do their
work diligently without pressure from the big crowds.
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The clan heads who attended the meeting pledged to deliver
the message to their members for implementation.