Zimbabwe: Circumcision drive targets cabinet ministers!

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Circumcision drive targets cabinet ministers

http://www.newzimbabwe.com


28/08/2011
by Staff Reporter


MALE Cabinet ministers are set to undergo circumcision as part of government efforts to promote the procedure which is said to help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Studies suggest that male circumcision reduces the risk of men contracting HIV during heterosexual intercourse by about 60 percent but experts warn that this should not replace other more effective prevention methods.

Zimbabwe launched a massive circumcision campaign in 2009 targeting at least 1.2 million men in a bid to stem the rise in new HIV infections across the country.

Centres carrying out the procedure have reported brisk business with research indicating most men were keen to undergo the operation.

Now there are plans to have top politicians including cabinet ministers, members of parliament and local councilors undergo the procedure.

Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe said the move was in line with strategies the government was implementing to curb the spread of HIV/Aids.

"Research has shown that circumcised men are eight times less likely to contract HIV (and as) leaders in Government, we should lead by example so that when we cascade to the grassroots they understand the importance and benefits of the exercise," Khupe told the Bulawayo-based Sunday News.

"Our target is to have zero deaths emanating from HIV and Aids. We can only achieve that when the opinion leaders are setting the pace. People need to understand that HIV is there and no one should think that talking about male circumcision is taboo."

Zimbabwe is one of the countries worst affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic with infection rates and numbers among the biggest in the world.

However, infection rates have declined dramatically, almost halving from 29 percent of the population in 1997 to 16 percent in 2007.

Researchers say locals have primarily been motivated to change their sexual behavior because of increased awareness about AIDS deaths which heightened fears of catching virus that causes it.

"Very few other countries around the world have seen reductions in HIV infection, and of all African nations, Zimbabwe was thought least likely to see such a turnaround," Simon Gregson, of the Imperial College in England said in a recent report.
 

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Mugabe naye watamtahiri?
Nadhani kama Mugabe angekuwa hajatahiriwa huyo Thokozani Khupe asingethubutu kuanzisha hiyo kampeni. Aidha hiyo habari haimgusii raisi kabisa: "Now there are plans to have top politicians including cabinet ministers, members of parliament and local councilors undergo the procedure". Mugabe kiboko yao!
 

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Nadhani kama Mugabe angekuwa hajatahiriwa huyo Thokozani Khupe asingethubutu kuanzisha hiyo kampeni. Aidha hiyo habari haimgusii raisi kabisa: "Now there are plans to have top politicians including cabinet ministers, members of parliament and local councilors undergo the procedure". Mugabe kiboko yao!
I don't think so kwanni Khupe ni kutoka upinzani.
 

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Hivi na TZ kuna wanaume (si wavulana) ambao hawajatahiriwa?

Kama yumo humu, l would like to meet him ili nione inakiwaje? Kwani nilishawahi sikia kuwa wanakuwa easily aroused kwakuwa kinanihii hwakiko exposed!
 

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Zimbabwe MPs shun Thokozani Khope's circumcision call
01 September 11 10:28 GMT


Makamu Waziri Mkuu Thokozani Khupe amewataka mawaziri na wabunge wa Zimbabwe watahiriwe!

Zimbabwe's male MPs are not enthusiastic about a call for them to be circumcised to set an example in the fight against Aids, the BBC has found.

Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe made the call, following evidence that circumcised men are 60% less likely to get infected with HIV.
Of eight MPs the BBC spoke to, only one said he would heed her suggestion. One called it "madness", while another said he was setting a good example through his behaviour.

Zimbabwe is one of the countries worst hit by Aids and the government last year launched a campaign to circumcise up to 80% of the country's young men - some three million people. The World Health Organization is encouraging men to get circumcised following studies in other African countries.

Aids experts, however, warn that using a condom, abstaining from sex or being faithful to one partner offer far greater protection against HIV infection.

'Circumcision of the mind'


Minister of National Healing Moses Mzila Ndlovu told the BBC's Brian Hungwe in Harare that some of his cabinet colleagues had described Ms Khupe's suggestion as "madness" and "bizarre".

"I don't see many takers but I'm not stopping anyone," he said. His colleague Nelson Chamisa said it should be a matter of individual choice.

"It has to be a circumcision of the mind rather than circumcision of the organ," he said.

Edgar Mbwembwe, from Zanu-PF, was the only legislator who said he would go ahead with the procedure. Another, Willias Madzamure, said the call was a good idea and said he was "seriously considering" it but did not firmly commit himself.

Two female MPs backed Ms Khupe. Jessie Majome said: "Politicians, especially elected politicians, have a responsibility beyond the personal - they would set a good example if they did so."

Only a few of Zimbabwe's ethnic groups practise circumcision for cultural reasons.

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