Senators demand circumcision ban

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MDC-T’s Matabeleland South senator Sithembile Mlotshwa yesterday moved a motion urging a ban on circumcision of minors saying the country is “creating a generation of useless men”.

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Mlotshwa moved the motion in Senate saying there were no benefits to infant male circumcision as children did not indulge in sexual activity.

She said infant circumcision could not mitigate the spread of HIV and cervical cancer.

“I’m afraid we are creating a generation of useless men because if one of your limbs is not functioning properly after the mishaps of circumcision then you will be disabled. These children do not indulge in sexual activity anyway,” Mlotshwa said.

“After mutilating these children’s sexual organs (in failed circumcision) the future generations will judge us and by the time these children need to taste how these organs should function we will be long dead and history will judge us on why we allowed the circumcision of children to continue.”

Mlotshwa challenged all ministers to get circumcised if the programme was as good as its promoters claimed.

She said there was a side of the story that was not being told to the nation about male circumcision.

“In Somalia women’s clitorises are mutilated to ensure girls do not enjoy sex,” Mlotshwa said.

“That is because they give them in marriage to old men who cannot satisfy them and mutilating them is to ensure they do not discover the pleasures of sex.

“Circumcision of young boys is tantamount to genital mutilation and we are afraid that in the government will end up saying women’s clitorises should be cut because they are just taking everything that comes without doing proper research.”

She said money meant for infant circumcision should instead go towards treatment centres for cervical cancer.

“The Creator made a foreskin for a purpose. Are we not going to have a generation of men without foreskins? Most of the doctors who circumcise are not circumcised themselves and where do they put those foreskins?” she asked.

MDC-T Masvingo senator Misheck Marava seconded the motion saying men constituted only 48% of the population and their organs cannot be tampered a with.

“We cannot play with risks by tampering with their organs because they may not be able to rectify failures,” he said.

Zanu PF Mashonaland Central senator Damian Mumvuri said many parents were making mistakes by deciding for their children.

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  1. this is the type of pple rep. that we want thanks mlotshwa you are really determined. let the children grow with their foreskins . are we saying God made a mistake , no!! let the children grow and decide for themselfs when they are mature.i remember one young man who was told by the wife that you are no longer tasting just after the so circumusion , what wl it mean is a permanant disability, those docters who are circumucising pple are not cirmucised

  2. Forced genital cutting violates the rights and bodies of those who cannot defend themselves. Infant boys and girls deserve the same legal protection against genital cutting culture. Circumcision is a scam by unethical doctors and researchers to make money in Africa.

  3. So good to see that an African nation is so advanced in this matter. ALL children should be protected from genital mutilation.

    And an African WOMEN senator as well… Amazing. Please keep up the good work, and help us in the west – USA and Europe – to stop the terrible crimes we are committing against our children.

  4. Zimbabwe is one of the 10 out of 18 countries (for which USAID has figures) where more of the CIRCUMCISED men have HIV than the non-circumcised. A study in Uganda suggested that circumcising men INcreases the risk to women, who are at much greater risk. So how can circumcising more men help?

  5. Genesis 17:11

    “And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.

    Genesis 34:14
    They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us.

    Exodus 4:25
    Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and threw it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.”

    Leviticus 12:3
    `On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

    1 Samuel 18:27
    David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.

  6. I knw of two guys who were circumsised and had complications 1 is now on crutches and the othe one the foreskin burst and had to go for surgery, do you think he is stil the same in bed. UN is promoting it here in zim, zambia and 4 other countries only why. Dont even tok kuti they did it in the bible, that was the old testament convenant it does not apply to us coz Jesus died for that, if you argue then why dont we do burnt offerings, zvakasara, let the boy grow then they chose for themselves

  7. Genesis 17 also says to circumcise male slaves, but no-one defends slavery any more.

    Galatians 5:2 (New American Standard Bible)
    Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.

    Corinthians 7:18-19 (New American Standard Bible)
    Was any man called when he was already circumcised? He is not to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in uncircumcision? He is not to be circumcised.
    Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.

    Philippians 3:2-3 (New American Standard Bible)
    Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh

    Titus 1:10 (New American Standard Bible)
    For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,

    Galatians 5:6 (New American Standard Bible)
    For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

    90% of Christians worldwide do *not* circumcise. In the most Christian countries in the world (places like Mexico, Poland, Brazil, Spain, Italy), the practice is almost unknown.

  8. Circumcision for the purpose of ruducing H.I.V transmission like it is the case in Zimbabwe does not make sence becoz these minors don’t indulge in sexual activities, so it doesn’t in any way show proper statistics in the percentages that govt and P.S.I claim to hv achieved after cutting the minors wihout their concent.The bible is history thats why noone can resurrect like Jesus 3days after being killed, we talk of today’s issues and solutions, thank you for your support becoz we will fight this war for the sake of the innocent boy child.

  9. It’s great to see a woman (and politician to boot), calling male circumcision what it is. Genital mutilation.
    It is not a little snip, it is a barbaric removal of the most sensitive part of the male anatomy.

  10. Guys, do not be fooled by Lyndon, Hugh 7 et al. These guys do not have an idea of what HIV is and they want to see Africans dying. Why should an outsider’s wailing subdue that of the bereaved? They tried to influence non-adoption of adult VMMC before but failed dismally as 6m men had been circumcised by Dec 2013. Data have started showing the impact of VMMC on HIV (i.e. decline). Donors will fund VMMC until some point (may be 2020) and EIMC, which is cheaper than VMMC and therefore affordable to African gvts, can easily be integrated within other MNCH programs e.g. PMTCT and sustain the gains anticipated via VMMC.

  11. Do not believe the dangerous misinformation of the noisy anti-circumcision lobby. MEDICAL circumcision (not dangerous traditional African circ without regard to hygiene, pain control or cosmetic outcome) is highly protective against HIV, and moderately so against HPV, HSV and other conditions. In infants and children it protects also against urinary tract infections, balanitis and other conditions. Infant, but not adult, circ also protects against penile cancer which affects roughly 1 in 1000 men in developed countries, many more in developing countries (it is one of the most common cancers in men in several African countries). The younger the age of the circ the greater the protection against HIV in adulthood, according to a study in Uganda. A recent CDC report found that the risk of complications is 10 to 20 times higher if delayed until after infancy. Infancy is the safest, easiest, cheapest and best time to circumcise. Also, circ makes no significant difference to sensation or function as confirmed by a meta-analysis last year. So, again, don’t believe the cherry-picked and exaggerated claims of anti-circ campaigners.

  12. Langerin in the foreskin is one more tool in the toolbox that prevents HIV infections

    Is it not ridiculous to try to prevent AIDS by cutting off healthy undiseased tissue when the tissue that is cut off contains substances that fight against viruses such as HIV? Keeping the foreskin and education is safer than circumcision. If a man is foolish enough not to use a condom, or if the condom breaks, he can be safer with the foreskin than without it. Heterosexual uncircumcised men who wait ten minutes and wipe with a dry cloth are safer than circumcised men.
    “If we were to express the efficacy of delayed washing in the same way that the results of PrEP trials were reported, that is as relative risk reductions, this would mean that not washing immediately, but waiting for at least 10 minutes after intercourse before washing can reduce the risk of infection by 83%. Compare this to the 44% efficacy of Truvada in the iPrEx trial, the 39 % efficacy of tenofovir gel in reducing the risk of infection in women in the Caprisa 004 trial, and the 38-66% efficacy reported for circumcision over 24 months.”
    http://dontgetstuck.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/have-we-ignored-a-very-simple-procedure-that-could-significantly-reduce-the-risk-of-sexual-transmission-of-hiv-to-men-from-women/

    The reason the foreskin provides protection is because it contains Langerin which is a barrier to HIV-infected Langerhan’s cells thus making the foreskin the body’s front line of defense against disease and infections such as HIV! De Witte wrote: “Langerin is a natural barrier to HIV-1 infection, and strategies to combat infection must enhance, preserve or, at the very least, not interfere with Langerin expression and function.”
    de Witte L, Nabatov A, Pion M, et al. (March 2007). “Langerin is a natural barrier to HIV-1 transmission by Langerhans cells”. Nature Medicine 13
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17334373
    http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v13/n3/full/nm1541.html

    Condoms are safer and more effective at preventing STDs than circumcision. But Langerin in the foreskin is more effective than circumcision for those who do not use condoms.

  13. Senators of Matabeleland South,

    Thank you so much for moving to BAN infant circumcision. It is a gross violation of human rights. As a man harmed by infant circumcision, I want to thank you for protected the children who cannot defend themselves from unscrupulous doctors and ritualistic circumcisers. All I can do now is live with the pain of infant circumcision and its COMPLETELY negative effects in my life. People like you help to bring healing to this world. Please succeed in what you are doing.

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