LATEST: Jah Prayzah gets circumcised

Jah Prayzah writes on a board at the Circumcision Centre. (All Pictures by Innocent Makawa)

Jah Prayzah writes on a board at the Circumcision Centre. (All Pictures by Innocent Makawa)

Petros zivengwa and Douglas Chiteka
Herald Reporters
Popular musician Jah Prayzah, who clinched four awards at the 13th National Arts Merit Awards at the weekend in Bulawayo, took a symbolic act in the fight against HIV and Aids by getting circumcised today.

Jah Prayzah’s band member Talent Karombe was also circumcised yesterday.

Jah Prayzah laughs as he waits to be circumcised today.

Jah Prayzah laughs as he waits to be circumcised today.

“I did it for me and my wife,” said the artist whose real name is Mukudzei Mukombe soon after being circumcised. “l want to show others out there that circumcision is the right thing, especially in preventing HIV and cervical cancer,” said Jah Prayzah.

Dr Karin Hatzold, PSI Zimbabwe deputy country director, hailed Jah Prayzah for taking the bold step that will help persuade youths to embrace male circumcision.

“We encourage others to take a simple and smart decision that Jah Prayzah has taken,” she said.

Jah Prayzah laughs during an interview in Harare today flanked by Dr Karin Hatzold, deputy director gates Male Circumcision Partnership Project (R) and his best friend Daniel Kapfumvuti (L)

Jah Prayzah laughs during an interview in Harare today flanked by Dr Karin Hatzold, deputy director gates Male Circumcision Partnership Project (R) and his best friend Daniel Kapfumvuti (L)

“Over 210 000 people have been circumcised (countrywide) so far and we hope to circumcise about 1,3 million by 2017,” Dr Hatzold added.

Jah Prayzah joins a growing list of celebrities endorsing male circumcision. The list includes Sulumani Chimbetu, DJ Napster, Albert Nyathi, Fungisayi Mashavave and DJ Thabani Gambiza.

In the past few months, Jah Prayzah has appeared on PSI Zimbabwe’s male circumcision adverts.

The year 2013 was an eventful one for the musician, who won the Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Song, Outstanding Album as well as the People’s Choice awards at the NAMAs.

Health experts say male circumcision is a proven and cost-effective method of reducing the chances of contracting HIV by 60 percent.

Health experts also say it improves hygiene and reduces the risk of cervical cancer in women.

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  • ZVAZVIRI

    The harsh truth of the matter is that male circumcision [MC] is NOT an effective tool against HIV/AIDS!! Scientific evidence abounds that, in fact, MC can detract from the fight against the pandemic because most people mistakenly believe that circumcision confers on them an “invisible condom”. Indeed, our own Zimbabwe Health & Demographic survey for 2010-11 actually showed that the HIV infection was much higher in circumcised men than in the non-circumcised!! The Sunday Mail did carry a report on that.

    • Guest_101

      You have a serious but often overlooked fact.
      One can actually argue that MC is being used as a licence to promiscuity by circumcised males. HIV and genital papilloma virus (which has a bearing on development of cervical cancer) are infections of unprotected sex with multiple partners.
      I am sure many wives would prefer having a faithful uncircumcised husband than one who is unfaithful and circumcised. The take home message should be don’t sleep around and know your status, simple as that, not this sanitised prostitution.

  • Gamu Perekwa

    Jus on your facts, Do you mean Fungisai was circumcised.If it so that this genital multilation

    • Mago Matema

      Hanzi a growing list of celebrities who have endorsed not who have been circumcised. Key word is ENDORSED. So Fungisai can endorse without necessarily getting circumcised…

    • The Researcher

      its endorsing Gamu….not that she did it. FGM is outlawed in Zim and most of African countries.

    • King

      kkkkkkk Gamu, zvanzi Fungisai endorsed not circumcised hahahahahaha

    • man-man

      endorse:- to declare one’s public approval or support of something.

    • Mwanakomana

      The reporter

  • Mimi

    Jah Prayzah congratulations but you really did it for yourself… your wife doesn’t come into this in anyway, usanyeba

  • SG

    Is the circumcision of an individual newsworthy?

  • Chimsoro

    “l want to show others out there that circumcision is the right thing, especially in preventing HIV and cervical cancer,” how are you going to show people that circumcision prevents HIV? Anyway, waiita advert yecircumcision, yeti iwe wainge usina kuchecheudzwa?

  • Faith

    Aiwa Gamu , its not that Fungisayi was circumcised. Its said that she is one of our artists who is vouching/supports male circumcision. Prayzah congrats for taking a bold step. Its just smart, and handichinhuwi.

  • shedmark

    maizoti mafana aendepi ,makumberi papa

  • TLCTugger

    Why haven’t I cut off the most pleasure-receptive part of my genitals? Because foreskin feels REALLY good. Circumcision alters sex dramatically.

    Most of the US men who have died of AIDS were circumcised at birth. The US has three times the HIV incidence seen in Europe where circumcision is rare. There are much better ways to fight STI.

  • ml66uk

    Zimbabwean men are *more* likely to have HIV if they’ve been circumcised:

    12.5% of intact Zimbabwean men have HIV
    14.6% of circumcised Zimbabwean men have HIV
    (figures from measuredhs)

    Other countries where circumcised men are *more* likely to be HIV+ include Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Swaziland.

    Why then is male circumcision being promoted to fight HIV?

    Europeans don’t circumcise, South Americans don’t circumcise, Australians and New Zealanders used to circumcise but stopped, most North Americans don’t circumcise. Why should Africans circumcise?

  • James Mac

    Zimbabwean men are *more* likely to have HIV if they’ve been circumcised:

    12.5% of intact Zimbabwean men have HIV
    14.6% of circumcised Zimbabwean men have HIV
    (figures from measuredhs)

    Other countries where circumcised men are *more* likely to be HIV+ include Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, and Swaziland.

    Why then is male circumcision being promoted to fight HIV?

    Europeans don’t circumcise, South Americans don’t circumcise, Australians and New Zealanders used to circumcise but stopped, most North Americans don’t circumcise. Why should Africans circumcise?