MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE BILL: Karamoja Mp’s fearing to Consult Voters

Residents of Moroto district are concerned about the delay by their legislators to hold consultative meetings on the Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009. About two weeks ago, Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament sent MPs on recess to consult their electorate on the marriage and divorce bill. However, the MPs from Moroto district are yet to consult their electorates on the bill. They are Dr. John Baptist Lokii-the MP Matheniko County, Simon Peter Aleper- MP Moroto Municipality and the Woman MP Margret Iriama.

Adome Lokwii, a resident of Nakapelimen village in Moroto wonders as to why the MP’s have failed to conduct consultations as the two weeks come to a close. Lokwii warns the MP not to lie to parliament that they are in support of the bill, adding that he is opposed to the bill because it will distort families and those who intend to marry. He says the bill also fails short of addressing the position of children in a family. Simone Apangakwara, a resident of Rupa Sub County in Moroto district accuses the MPs of letting them down.

He says MPs from other parts of the country have already consulted their electorate and wonders why their Mps have failed to do the same. He appeals to government not to endorse any resolutions from Moroto district because they have not been consulted. Dr. John Baptist Looki, the Matheniko County MP says that he will hold the consultations immediately after the Easter holiday whether or not he receives funding. He however, says that his area is made up of hard to reach areas that require facilitation.

Meanwhile, the Head of the civil society in Karamoja has criticized government for providing over Shs 1.5bn as facilitation to MPs to hold consultations on the bill. Sylivia Atugonza says a region like Karamoja still lacks quality health services. She wonders as to why MP’s should have all the resources on top huge salaries and allowances.

She appeals government to consider consulting other stake holders before such decisions are undertaken.

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