A Tanzanian female member of parliament Hon. Jackline Ngonyani has proposed that an inspection be carried out to determine if her male colleagues are circumcised, in order to help reduce the spread of HIV
According to Tanzanian News Site Mwananchi reports, Hon. Ngonyani told parliament on Thursday that any MPs found not to have undergone the procedure be circumcised.
Out of the Tanzania’s 350-member National Assembly, 224 are men.
The World Health Organization says that circumcision reduces the risk of men getting HIV by approximately 60%.
MP Ngonyani was backed by MP Joseph Selasini, who said that neighbouring Kenya had introduced a similar proposal and those MPs found to be uncircumcised underwent the practice which involves cutting the penis’ foreskin.
MP Joseph Kasheku opposed Ms Ngonyani’s proposal saying that it was uncouth and invasive.
“Women who are circumcised also spread HIV… so if we are going to check men who are circumcised then we should also inspect female members to see if they have undergone Female genital mutilation (FGM),” he said.