One-year- old baby dies after a man fell on the infant during a male initiation ceremony

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A one-year- old baby has died after a man allegedly fell on it during a traditional male initiation ceremony (Mukanda) in Chavuma district of Northwestern Province.

Provincial Commissioner of Police Auxensio Daka says the incident occurred around 05:00 hours yesterday in Chivombo area where the infant’s mother was attending a ‘Mukanda’ traditional celebration.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Daka explained in an interview in Chavuma yesterday, said that the mother decided to put the child down as she hurriedly joined in the merrymaking ceremony but a few minutes later her child got killed when a 36 year old man of Kangungu village identified as Given Sakutoha allegedly fell on the infant.

He said police have since instituted investigations in to the matter in order to ascertain if there was gross negligence on the part of the mother and the man who fell on the baby.

The body of the deceased baby identified as Charles Sakutoha is in Chavuma Mission hospital mortuary pending autopsy.

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  1. What was the mother to the baby doing at the initiation ceremony? Too bad, this could have been avoided.

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  2. Sounds like the man who fell on the baby could be the father of the baby – or just similar family names.

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    • Women are never allowed near Mukanda unless the ceremony has “improved with technology “

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  3. What was she doing there at 05.00 and at a traditional ceremony only for males? Sheer carelessness

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  4. Mukanda tradition ceremonies are free to be attended by both men and women including uncircumcised ones but its only prohibited for both women and uncircumcised to go to the Mukanda circumcision camp, now in this case i think they were drunk with Chavuma water .

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    • It’s only the initiates graduate that’s when everyone is allowed and very far from camp. I’ve experienced this.

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  5. Mukanda, is an initiation ritual for boys, which is practiced a certain group of people. Usually, the young boys live for three to six months at a bush camp away from their villages after circumcision, to be taught practical survival-skills as well as knowledge about nature, religion, social practices and values. Mukanda is the name of the circumcision ceremony or the male puberty ritual which is one of the principal symbolic expressions of a certain group of people mainly the so called Vakachinyama(Luvales). Mukanda begins and ends with a public ceremony that entails round-the-clock singing , dancing, feasting, storytelling, and perhaps the appearance of masked.The beginning and completion of mukanda is celebrated with a graduation ceremony. The entire village attends the Makishi dance…

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  6. Ndanje !Mukanda, is an initiation ritual for boys, which is practiced by a certain group of people. Usually, the young boys live for three to six months at a bush camp away from their villages after circumcision, to be taught practical survival-skills as well as knowledge about nature, religion, social practices and values. Mukanda is the name of the circumcision ceremony or the male puberty ritual which is one of the principal symbolic expressions of a certain group of people mainly the so called Vakachinyama(Luvales). Mukanda begins and ends with a public ceremony that entails round-the-clock singing , dancing, feasting, storytelling, and perhaps the appearance of masked.The beginning and completion of mukanda is celebrated with a graduation ceremony. The entire village attends the…

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