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Kitui: 2 minors die after botched circumcision

Two minors from Lundi village in Mwingi East, Kitui County died on Friday evening, August 21 after a botched circumcision.

The boys aged 5 and 7 were circumcised on Wednesday night and reportedly bled profusely without any help.

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Reports indicate that their parents belong to the Kavonokia sect, which forbids faithfuls from visiting hospitals.

The 70-year-old circumciser who conducted the crucial surgery has since been arrested, with police officers saying probe on the matter has been launched.

The bodies of the two children were taken to the Mwingi Level Four Hospital.

This came a month after Health CS Mutahi Kagwe advised traditional elders to postpone this year’s circumcision ceremonies over the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“It is better to have a postponed initiation ceremony than have somebody to initiate or carry out an initiation ceremony and kill our young men,” CS Kagwe said in July.

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