22 June 2002

Uganda: Mugisu Man Flees Knife

Residents of Kingala village, Mbale district were treated to free drama recently when a man demanded for a fee and still refused to be circumcised.

Moses Wangusa, who was visiting his parents, was reminded by his father that he had never been circumcised and in order "to be a man", he had to honour the custom. He thought his father was joking until he saw relatives assembling and giving him presents.

One veteran performer of the ritual was notified and he too came home to inquire when it was going to take place. To frustrate them, Moses asked for sh100,000 thinking that they would not raise it.

To his surprise, the relatives raised it and gave it to him. He now knew he was cornered.

He took a boda boda that dropped him in the town at 5.30am but it was too early to get a bus. He opted for alorry carrying matooke and made good his escape.

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