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Traditional leaders oppose proposed marriage and divorce bill

Traditional leaders have differed on the proposed Marriage and Divorce bill that the government of Uganda says will help in harmonizing relationships and strengthening families.

Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere

Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere

The bill covers marriages that are considered legal, streamlines the status of men, women and children in families as well as resolution of differences that have existed for ages like property distribution.

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is carrying out a two-day sensitization workshop that started on Tuesday in Kampala for traditional leaders from different cultural institutions at hotel triangle in Kampala.

The officials from Toro kingdom have expressed commitment to collaborate with government in rolling out the regulations once the bill is finalized and passed into law.

The kingdom’s information minister , Arthur Namala says once enacted it will help in fighting injustices like burdening the women with house work as men are enjoying leisure while family relatives await grabbing property.

The Rwenzururu Kingdom Constitutional Affairs Minister, Rev. Jehoadah Mutooro says the law will face challenges at implementation level given the divergent religious beliefs and constitutional provisions in relation to interpretation of lawful marriages.

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