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Kikuyu elders postpone this year’s circumcision ceremonies

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Elders from the Kikuyu community have postponed this year’s traditional rite of passage following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Kiama Kia Ma vice chairman Njoroge wa Mugo informed members of the press that it is not unusual to postpone circumcision ceremonies whenever circumstances do not permit.

He said the traditional rites have been postponed in the past.Mugo stated that in 1952 and 1957, circumcision ceremonies were postponed after the state of emergency was declared during the struggle for Independence. The other time was in 1923 and 1924 after an outbreak of rinderpest, a disease that affects livestock.