A 70-year-old man from Gatundu, Kiambu County has been circumcised following his death.
K24 Digital reported that the man whose identity was concealed was circumcised at the Gatundu Hospital mortuary after it emerged that he was uncut despite being a respected elder.
The discovery was revealed by morgue attendants when his fellow elders went to collect his body for burial. Elders were forced to perform the rite at the funeral parlor before taking the deceased’s body for burial.
Speaking to the news outlet on condition of anonymity, elders said they could not understand how the deceased skipped such a crucial rite of passage when he was young.
“We could not bury him like that as it is against our practice,” one of the elders said.
They disclosed that the septuagenarian had gone through all the required stages before being accepted into the council of elders.
“He has even brought two goats to the council for him to be admitted at the council but this has come as a surprise for all of us,” the elders said.
The elders are also set to perform a cleansing ritual after the burial as it is taboo for an elder not to undergo the cut.
“This should serve as a wake-up call for elders as we have to find a way of checking that those who want to join have undergone this rite of passage,” another elder said.