The state minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms Peace Mutuzo has advocated for abolition of Bugisu traditional ceremony popularly known as Imbalu.
Addressing journalists at the media centre, the Minister said “The entire Kigisu circumcision ceremony in general and Imbalu dance in particular must be stopped because it is provocative, causes early sexual arousal and instigates bad behaviors.
The minister said Bagisu should start using professional medical practitioners and government hospitals instead of the traditional means that run for days with people dancing through the villages.
The imbalu circumcision ceremony held only during even years is a pivotal cultural occasion an individual undergoes as a passage to manhood. It involves the entire local community especially done among boys at 16-25years
In Bugisu culture those who decide to be circumcised from hospitals, at childhood or any other source are considered outcasts and cowards.