Marriage and Divorce Bill Renamed

The Chairperson of the Uganda Law Reform Commission Yustina Nsanze has called upon the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to urge the Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs to fast track the Marriage Bill.

Nsanze revealed while meeting the Speaker on Thursday that the commission has since the earlier resistance against the Marriage and Divorce Bill, made several changes, including renaming the Bill to the Marriage Bill.

The association of marriage with divorce in the bill was found unbecoming by a section of the public who thought it suggested divorce immediately after marriage, she said.

The commission has also deleted the clause on cohabitation from the marriage bill, promising to handle it in another bill that is being handled.

“The controversial bill has been renamed the Marriage Bill because people have strong views on divorce and cohabitation which will be catered for in separate bills,” Nsanze said.

The Commission submitted the draft marriage bill to the Minister of Justice, and is now appealing to the Speaker to direct the minister to fast track the same.

Kadaga said that Marriage, Biotechnology and Bio-safety and Liberalization of the Education Sector bills have been pending for long in parliament and need to be passed soon.

The speaker promised to ensure that the marriage bill is passed within the second session of parliament which ends next year in June.

She however cautioned the commission to ensure that the rights of those cohabiting are also considered and upheld since there are a big number of people living in such arrangements.

The commission secretary Lucas Omara Abong said that it is because of such views that wide consultations must be carried out regarding the cohabitation question.

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