Kazingo primary school in Kabarole district was a scene of drama on Friday when two legislators openly clashed over the Marriage and Divorce bill. They are Adolf Mwesige, the Bunyangabo County MP and Steven Kagwera, the Burahya County MP.
It all started after Mwesige who was the chief guest during the belated celebrations of the International Women’s day openly declared his opposition to the bill. Mwesige said he is opposed to the bill because it undermines the integrity of men.
He said marriage is a domestic affair between two consenting adults, which doesn’t require legislation by parliament adding that, there is no need to pass laws that enter into people’s private rooms. Mwesige asked residents not to be deceived into supporting the bill that seeks to erode traditional norms and cultural values.
The MP who also doubles as the local government minister said he will not waste his time going to parliament to support marriage and divorce bill. Steven Kagwera, the Burahya County MP couldn’t take this any more. Kagwera shot up and declared a hundred percent support for the Marriage and Divorce bill. He asked residents not get worried about the bill and advised them not to encourage their MPs to oppose it.
He said much as some people don’t want parliament to discuss the bill, there is need to pass a separate law regulating cohabitation. Kagwera said some men take advantage of the laxity in the law to impregnate and dump young girls. He said as parliament they can’t allow such women to be marginalized and that is why they need to support the bill.
Following the clash between the two MPs, Victoria Businge Rusoke, the Kabarole District Woman MP declined to comment on the controversial bill. She only said something will be done, because she has seen mothers dying after being raped or bartered by their heartless husbands. Parliament broke off two weeks ago to allow MP consult their electorate on the Marriage and Divorce bill.