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Winky D tackles circumcision controversy

HEALTH service group, Population International (PSI), has commended reggae-dancehall star Winky D for his contribution to the national male circumcision campaign.
PSI director of male circumcision (MC) Ngonidzashe Madidi said the ninja-president (born Wallace Chirimuko) has given male circumcision a more mature face.
Zimbabwe is carrying out a major campaign to circumcise about 80 percent of young men after a study found that the procedure reduced the chance of contracting HIV by 60 percent.
HIV rates prevalence in Zimbabwe is considered high at 13.7 percent of men aged under 49 with but only 10 percent circumcised.
“It (partnership with Winky D) has helped a lot I mean it has normalised male circumcision; he has given it a face,” Madidi said.
Beyond Winky D the organisation is engaging other artists “to give it (male circumcision) a more mature face and add a bit of a variety to it”, Madidi added.
“There are female artists that will be coming on but Winky D has broken the ice in as far as normalizing MC is concerned,” Madidi added.
Madidi added that PSI is also working with superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi, on the campaign.
This year alone over fifty thousand men have been circumcised bringing the number of those who have undergone the procedure to 160,000.
MAFIRA KUREVA