By Njoroge Kinuthia
It is strange what people can do in the name of defending cultures that have been clearly overtaken by time. Very strange news has been coming from Tigania East District of late.
A gang of young men has for instance been scouring Buuri sub-location, looking for younger men said to have undergone circumcision in hospital. That, to them, is a cardinal sin. Real men, according to these retrogrades, are those who are circumcised the traditional way.
Stabbed to death
The protectors of by-gone cultures have reportedly been threatening to re-circumcise boys while demanding liquor from their parents.
The gang is accused of stabbing a Form Three student who had undergone circumcision in hospital to death when he resisted its kidnap bid.
But it’s not only men who are obsessed with circumcision. Women too have been hunting for their uncircumcised peers, and circumcising them. Some suspects were arrested in Athanja sub-location. However, there is a widespread feeling that authorities are not doing enough to arrest more loose cannons.
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Nancy Laura of Dam II Estate in Lang’ata is among 2,000 customers of Orange Kenya who have not had voice and data services in the area since Saturday. Nancy and others paid Sh3,000 for home Internet, but are now forced to watch their money literally go down the drain.
“This is not the first time. There have been several cases in the past when I’ve lost data service for days,” Nancy tells PointBlank.
“Their (Orange’s) technicians seem to be from another planet. They take too long to address genuine customer complaints yet pre-paid users are their bread and butter.”
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