Malawi Police in Kasungu are looking for a Yao initiation camp councillors (Angaliba) after a 13 year old boy they circumcised died of severe bleeding.
Kasungu police spokesperson Edna Mzingwitsa said Julius Sayineti died last week after he was circumcised.
This comes as President Peter Mutharika and some sections of Malawians are questioning the merit of some traditions and culture following revelations that a 40 year old man had sexual intercourse with over 100 widows and under age girls in an archaic Sena tribe sexual cleansing ritual.
Mutharika has since ordered the criminalisation of harmful cultural practices.
Mzingwitsa said the boy died in the yao initiation camp on a river bank and Yao elders and parents secretly buried him without going to hospital.
“Medical personnel from Kasungu District Hospital accompanied by a team of police officers went to the village, exhumed the body and conducted a postmortem which showed the boy died of severe bleeding due to the circumcision which went wrong,” she said.
She said the man who administered the circumcision and his assistant is at large.
Sayineti, a jovial school going boy, hailed from Mthiko Village in Chief Wimbe’s area in Kasungu.
Some years ago, the government ordered that all circumcision be done in hospitals for safety reasons and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS as the angalibas use one razor blade to circumcise all boys.
The Yao culture does not allow a boy who has been circumcised to go back to the village or hospital when sick.
Yao boys spend the whole two months summer holiday in initiation camps instead of attending summer lessons for their formal education. Just last week a ngaliba in Dedza was arrested after he circumcised a chewa boy in another yao initiation camp.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :