Two boys from Lundi village in Mwingi East Sub County died last night after a botched circumcision.
The two boys aged 7 and 5 were circumcised on Wednesday night with reports saying they bled profusely without any help.
Their parents who profess allegiance to the Kavonokia sect- which forbids faithfuls from visiting hospitals- refused to take the kids to hospital.
Area Chief Patrick Mwaniki has issued a stern warning to parents, forbidding them from taking their kids to traditional circumcisers.
The bodies of the two children were taken to the Mwingi Level Four Hospital.
In June, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the government had reached out to traditional elders to have the annual circumcision ceremonies halted to avert the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Is it better to have a postponed initiation ceremony than have somebody to initiate or carry out an initiation ceremony and kill our young men.”
“This is the debate that is going on, but I can tell you that it is actually prohibited to think of carrying out such an activity prior to the agreement with the ministry of health and perhaps protocols being developed,” the Health CS said.
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Gender-based violence (GBV) and [email protected] cases in Kiambu County have risen to alarming levels raising concern among lawmakers and humanitarian organizations.
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There is a huge need to train our police. Most of the cases which are reported are few because majority of people do not want to report [email protected] and GBV cases because at times they feel it is humiliating. We need to create a friendly police environment by creating gender desks,” Gatundu North MP Anne Wanjiku Kibe said. Read more….