Last week, on August 1, twelve men were ambushed, stripped naked, paraded around the town of Moi’s Bridge in Western Kenya where they were smeared with mud, then forced to undergo circumcision. The men’s wives had advised the local tribal authorities that their husbands were not circumcised and are said to have initiated the incident.
Women who witnessed the incident approached local journalists and expressed their enthusiastic approval. They cited the notion that circumcised men were cleaner and performed better in bed.
“We are happy with the move to have such men cut because uncircumcised men are dirty and do not perform well in bed and thus we are sure their wives will now enjoy their marriages,” said Anne Njeri, a local woman who had witnessed the “ceremony.”
Those who carried out the procedure have said all men who have not been circumcised will undergo the procedure in what has been dubbed “circumcision season,” which will take place during the first three weeks of August, according to the Kenyan Daily Post.
There are conflicting reports as to where and how the circumcisions were performed.
The Kenyan Daily Post reports that the men were circumcised in the road with no anesthesia while the West FM reports that the circumcisions were performed by medical personnel in local clinics. Also according to West FM, the victims were given antibiotics and money to aid their recovery. Neither of these reports have been corroborated at this time.
The men participating in the mob cited a desire to initiate the victims into manhood as well as a desire for the approval of women as a motivation for the attacks.
“These people have been engaging us in many arguments including competing with us for women yet they are boys and that is why we decided to transform them into men so that they can be worth competing and arguing with us. We are also telling those who have not undergone the cut to do so because it is a good thing you saw how women celebrated it,” a man named Peter Kariuki told reporter Leonard Wamalwa of West FM.
Fifty men from Moi’s Bridge are camping out at the police station petitioning for protection from the mobs in the weeks to come.