6 August 2014

Kenya: Webuye Boy, 13, Loses Penis in Bukusu Circumcision Rite Gone Bad

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A 13 year old boy from Lutaso village in Webuye West constituency is recuperating at his parents home after a circumcision rite turned tragic.

The boy's penis was accidentally chopped off on Tuesday by a traditional circumciser as he was being initiated into manhood in the ongoing Bukusu circumcision festivals.

According to the boy's parents they rushed him to Webuye district hospital after they realised that the boy had been cut wrongly.

The parents said that what had occurred was 'a mere accident' and they did not want to blame the circumciser since he had conducted the procedure on many other boys successfully.

"We rushed my son to the hospital after we realised that he had been cut wrongly and was bleeding profusely where he was carefully observed, repaired and given medication before allowing him back home," said the father of the class seven student at Lutaso primary school.

Webuye district medical superintendent Dr Ceezar Bita said they received the boy whose manhood had been cut off by what they suspected to be a quack circumciser and made some repairs on his manhood before releasing him.

Bita has appealed to the traditional circumcisers to be careful and ensure they perform the cut in a sober manner to prevent occurrence of such cases during the season.

This is the only case that has so far been reported since the beginning of the rites among the Bukusu and Tachonis. The rites will go on until December and will oversee over 6,000 boys pass into manhood in Bungoma and Tranzoia counties.

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