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Terror groups recruiting boys after circumcision, lobby group says

24 March 2016, 16:35 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A men’s lobby group has raised alarm that terror groups are recruiting young boys in Kenya right after circumcision.

Maendeleo ya Wanaume chairman, Nderitu Njoka has said that the young boys are getting recruited to terror gangs while others join militia groups like Al shabaab.

Speaking during a press conference in Nyeri town, Njoka complained that circumcision has become an expensive process since unscrupulous people and organizations have invaded it by extorting exorbitant fees from unaware parents.

“A study that we deed last year show that some of these circumcision groups are prone to radicalization where young boys are taken through bizarre ritual rites where they are forced to take weird oaths in pretense of the cut,” said Njoka.

He said the study revealed that many boys are introduced to alcohol, drug abuse and homosexuality during December month while in the process of cut.

In the month of November and December 2015, seven percent of boys between the age of 12 and 14 years were radicalized while most of them have disappeared to date, according to Njoka, adding that 13 percent were recruited in local criminal gangs while 11 percent dropped out during the circumcision festival.

“The study also revealed that 15 percent of the boys in form one in over 30 Counties are not circumcised and therefore their future and education is negatively affected due to ridicule and bullying by other boys,” he noted.

He said the group will petition parliament to enact Boy child Bill that is seeking to empower the boys with knowledge to be able to face life challenges as he asked the Presidency to support it.

He complained that boy child has been forgotten and discriminated as he also called for scrap of quota system in university admission.

“You find that the pass mark of a girl student is low than that of a male student. We want equality. That’s why we have so many female students in universities that male ones,” said Njoka.

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