Maskiri circumcised

HARARE - Controversial rapper Alicious Musimbe aka Maskiri has said he is due to get married soon as he got circumcised at the City Centre Male Circumcision Site yesterday.

Maskiri, 33, who had the prepex device installed on his manhood will have to wait for six weeks before indulging in sex.

He will have the device over the next week. He said it was part of his responsibility to protect his new wife.

“Of course I did it so my fans and other people could emulate,” Maskiri told the Daily News.

“I am also about to get married, in six or seven months. I want to do safe things for me and my partner.

“Apart from the advantages of the procedure to me as a man, I want to protect her from cervical cancer.”

The musician could not be persuaded to give his fiancé’s name.

“She is there somewhere,” he said.

According to experts, the prepex method uses a device that is fastened around the foreskin. The  procedure is bloodless and less painful than the other procedures.

Government is racing to meet the 1,3 million men circumcision target. Reports indicate that the uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) still stands at 4,8 percent since the programme started in 2009.

If the target is achieved, the country is set to save $2,9 billion dollars in care costs related to HIV management.

Maskiri’s circumcision coincides with his carnival performance today.

“I have a show in Norton which is part of the on-going carnival. I will also take the opportunity to teach my fans about circumcision,” he said.

With six albums to his name, Maskiri announced he will soon be releasing a single titled Musanyepere Vanhu.

“The song will feature Quonfused and Munetsi and will be speaking to truth-telling including truths about circumcision,” he said.

If at least 80 percent of men aged between 15 and 49 are circumcised by 2017, 600 000 new infections could be averted by 2025.

At least 42 percent of all averted new infections would be directly attributable to male circumcision.

Maskiri joins fellow musicians Jah Prayzah, Albert Nyathi as well as soccer star Hardlife Zvirekwi who have been circumcised under the State programme.

Last year, 112 000 men were circumcised against a national target of 115 000. This year the country intends to circumcise 217 800 men.

Population Services International (PSI) says the number of men turning up for circumcision has been swelling since celebrities were roped in.

Comments (4)

Well done mpfana i thot AIDS yakakurova kare bt the good news uchiri mupenyu so chizvichengetedza chete .

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 23 May 2014

If Maskiri plans to be faithful to his wife, and she to him, getting the best part of his manhood cut off will do them no good at all. In Zimbabwe, as in 9 other countries out of 18 for which USAID has figures, more of the circumcised men have HIV than the non-circumcised. (The survey was done twice in Zimbabwe, before and after the circumcision campaign started, with the same result both times.) The cervical cancer claim is disputed. It has just been tacked on, to make women push men to be circumcised, since circumcising men offers no protection from HIV to women and may even increase the risk to them. Maskiri also faces considerable pain, and a bad smell as his dead skin rots.

Hugh7 - 24 May 2014

"I'm not being racist but I'm starting to believe western people when they say you can do anything you wish with Africans because they simply not using their God's given brains. How do you believe when some one says to you , circumcise to avoid STIs but still use a condom , circumcise to be cleaner but still practise hygiene daily , circumcise to be a man but still need biological make up to being a man. The first question would be , then what function does cutting of foreskin serves? But unfortunately African men and many other parents who mutilate their sons can't even come to think of this. So how do you explain this kind of stupidity to our next three generations?"

Owino Qane - 25 May 2014

Well done Maskiri for making such a wise decision.

Smart Champion - 27 May 2014

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