March 21, 2014

Kenyan Polygamy Law: Female MPs Storm Out Of Parliament

The marriage bill now passes to the president to sign before it becomes law.
The marriage bill now passes to the president to sign before it becomes law.

Female MPs in Kenya have stormed out of a late-night parliamentary session in a row over the legalisation of polygamy.

The law is intended to bring civil law, where a man is only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners.

But male MPs voted to amend the new marriage bill to allow men to take as many wives as they like without consulting existing spouses.

Traditionally, first wives are supposed to give prior approval.

Correspondents say about 30 of Kenya’s 69 female MPs were in the 349-member chamber for the debate but were outnumbered by their male counterparts.

The women walked out in disgust over the matter.

The marriage bill now passes to the president to sign before it becomes law.

MP Samuel Chepkong’a, who proposed the amendment, said that when a woman got married under customary law, she understood that the marriage was open to polygamy, so no consultation was necessary, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports.

Mohammed Junet, an MP representing a constituency from the western Nyanza province, agreed.

“When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way and a third wife… this is Africa,” Kenya’s Capital News website quotes him as saying.

But female MPs argued that such a decision would affect the whole family, including the financial position of other spouses.

“It behoves you to be man enough to agree that your wife and family should know,” Capital News quotes Soipan Tuya, the women’s representative from Narok County, as saying.

BBC

6 thoughts on “Kenyan Polygamy Law: Female MPs Storm Out Of Parliament

  1. Kenyan women understand the needs of their Kendahars, hence they’re fighting for those Tomahawk missiles

  2. I wonder why Kenyan Parliament couldn’t join Ugandan’s counter part to enact Anti-gay Bill instead of fighting on polygamy which is socially acceptable in Africa!!

  3. Women stop fighting men. It is about time women understood that men are natural born cheaters though some choose not to cheat. Just like women are natural born quarrelers though some women choose not to become quarrelsome because of their super self esteem and integrity and undying love for their husbands.
    If you want to tame the beast thoroughly understand him.

  4. Women should understand that men are born like that those who feel cheated walk away and become single mothers or start poaching on others husbands.Men need a break from selfish women

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