More than 170 Zimbabwean MPs and parliamentary workers will be circumcised in the coming weeks to set a public example and defend themselves against catching HIV/Aids.
The politicians will also be tested for the disease and offered counselling if the results come back positive.
The announcement follows the launch of the Zimbabwe Parliamentarians against HIV and Aids campaign last week aimed at bringing down the country’s 15 per cent HIV infection rate.
All 150 male members of the 175-strong group have all committed to being circumcised, while its female members are encouraging their husbands and boyfriends to undergo the procedure.
This trend is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa, with Israeli doctors training their African colleagues in the procedure and new inventions being deployed to make the process simple, cheap and relatively painless.