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Otafiire: Why Gov't Raised Marriage Registration Fees

more about http://colosseo.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-modules.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) in March 2014 increased fees for registration of civil marriages from Shs 25, http://cyancdesign.com/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp.php 000 to Shs 35, http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php 000.

The new fees were published in the Uganda Gazette and came into effect on March 10, 2014.

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, told Parliament sitting this week that the revision was also meant to cover the “provision of conducive environment including marriage rooms to enable celebration of marriages under the civil registry.”

The Minister said that the fees in Uganda compared favourably with those in the region where civil marriages cost Rwanda (UShs 209,250); Tanzania (UShs 117,000) and Kenya (UShs 59,540).

“It must be reiterated, that the increment in fees for celebration of marriages is only limited to marriages celebrated in the Registrar’s Office. Charges for marriages in mosques and churches are not fixed by URSB,” said Minister Otafiire.

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The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu (FDC, Bukooli Central), said increasing fees would make it harder for peasant men and women to register marriages considering that many marriages are currently unregistered.

“We should make it simpler, cheaper and easier to register marriages; my appeal to women members is that it is in interest of women that registration is cheaper,” said Hon. Wafula Oguttu.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, advised members who think the fee is high to move a substantive motion to have it reduced.

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