Kenyan men from several ethnic groups in the western town of Moi’s Bridge have gone into hiding fearing they will be forcibly circumcised.
This follows the forced circumcision of at least eight young men in the small agricultural town by groups of youths from the Bukusu ethnic community.
The Bukusu hold their traditional circumcision ceremonies in August.
But not all of Kenya’s communities practise circumcision, which marks the transition from boy to man.
In the last 10 days, Bukusu youths have been rounding up uncircumcised men from other communities such as the Turkana, Teso and Luo groups, he says.
They have been undressing them, smearing mud and dirty water on their bodies and circumcising them by the roadside, sometimes without anaesthetic.
The Bukusu consider an uncircumcised man to be unhygienic and cowardly, but the men from the affected communities are complaining that the Bukusus are imposing their culture on them, our reporter says.