Babukusu Cultural Institution Plans Parallel Imbalu Ceremony

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Nicholas Nakasala the Babukusu information minister says they will not be part of the Inzu Ya Masaba ‘Imbalu’ launch but will instead have a separate event to be launched on August 1st in Bulucheke. The official bamasaba launch will be held on August 13 at Mutoto ceremonial grounds.

The Babukusu ethnic community in Bududa district is planning parallel events to mark the launch of the circumcision season hitherto organized by the Bamasaba Cultural institution, Inzu Ya Masaba.

The announcement for parallel events comes barely a month to the launch of the 2014 traditional circumcision season initially announced by the leaders of the Bamasaaba community.

Traditional male circumcision, also known as imbalu, is an important cultural tradition that has been running for generations among the ethnic group. According to the custom, the procedure represents entry into manhood.

Nicholas Nakasala the Babukusu information minister says they will not be part of the Inzu Ya Masaba ‘Imbalu’ launch but will instead have a separate event to be launched on August 1st in Bulucheke.  The official bamasaba launch will be held on August 13 at Mutoto ceremonial grounds.

The Babukusu cultural institution also known as Umukungu Bukusu was carved out of the Inzu Ya Masaba (Bugisu kingdom) last year under the leadership of Joseph Kanyanya Wash, installed as the Umukhungu (King) of the Babukusu In September last year.
 
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But the Inzu Ya Masaaba says Kanyanya is an imposter who does not even qualify to be a clan head in Bugisu because he allegedly did not undergo traditional circumcision.
 
Inzu Ya Masaaba information minister John Musila recently said the Wash Kanyanya backed group was only aiming at disorganizing the Bamasaaba. Musila who is from the Babukusu clan says they are Bamasaaba and meant to pay allegiance to Umukhuka, the bamasaba cultural leader. They are also expected to honor all functions by the Inzu Ya Masaaba, he adds.