By Jumah Nsubuga
Some Male legislators yesterday stormed out of parliament a midst of House business protesting that they cannot be party to debate a Bill which has controversial clauses.
The MPs who included Nakifuma County MP Moses Kafero, Igara west MP Rafael Magyezi and West Budama south MP Jacob Oboth Oboth said that some clauses in the bill are unnecessary and they should be deleted adding that the bill should be put on halt for further consultations from public.
Among the controversial clauses cited out include, clause 8, 9, 12, 13 and the title of the bill among others.
Clause 8 of the bill says that every district registrar shall enter in book which shall called the district marriage and divorce register book, particulars of certificates of marriage and decrees of divorce which have been filed in his or her office.
Clause 9 of the bill says that the minster is to license places of public worship to solemnize marriages and may any time cancel the license while clause 10 gives the minister powers to grant special license to marry; the minister may upon proof being given to him or her that there is no lawful impediment to a proposed marriage.
Clause 13 says that widow inheritance prohibited, a man shall not marry a widow through the custom or practice of widow inheritance. Without prejudice, a man may marry his relative’s widow where both the man and widow with their free consent adopt any form of marriage provided for under the Act.
Meanwhile Rubaga south MP Ken Lukyamuzi said that marriage and Divorce bill is not brought in good faith that is why it has lasted for a long time “A good law must be supported by the consensus. This bill is bad because it aims at grabbing properties of men in open disregard of our long existing traditions”Hon Lukyamuzi noted
Meanwhile Kapelabyongo MP Emmanuel Eriaku said that cohabitation should be removed from the bill because it will bring domestic violence in families.