M7 Vows To Oppose Marriage And Divorce Bill

Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni. He has vowed to oppose the controversial bill
President Yoweri Museveni. He has vowed to oppose the controversial bill

President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to block the passing of Marriage and Divorce Bill saying it contains anti- people clauses. According to Museveni, a bad, harsh or insensitive law that tramples on the fundamental human rights of citizens or affects their harmonious co existence will never be passed.

Museveni said this while speaking while speaking about the proposed law that is before parliament on Easter Sunday in Ntungamo. A fortnight ago, parliament broke off for two weeks to allow MPs consult their voters on the marriage and divorce bill.

Responding to concerns raised by several religious and political leaders on some of the clauses in the Marriage and Divorce bill, Museveni said unless the bill is well researched and debated to cater for the wishes, aspiration and cultural norms as well as the rights of all citizens it will not be passed into law.

He said the bill needed a lot of consultation and wondered why some political players had decided to re-table it without adequate consultation with him as the President and the population.  Citing his own family relations, the President said that whereas his late father Mzee Amosi Kaguta believed in getting bride price from his children and practiced it, he does not believe in it.

Museveni said that he never asks bride price for his children but this did not affect his co-existence with his father as a family with each one doing what is good for him. The ongoing consultations on the bill, have seen tempers flaring amongst residents, almost culminating in fights in some areas. The most controversial clauses have included those on property sharing, cohabitation and bride price.

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