By Jumah Nsubuga
The former ethics and integrity minister , Maria Matembe on Tuesday attacked religious leaders and accused them of being hypocrites over the Marriage and Divorce Bill.
The outspoken activist told reporters at parliament that religious leaders are hypocrites and unfair when they said that they were not consulted about marriage and Divorce bill.
She said that religious leaders to come out and say that they were not consulted about the marriage and Divorce bill is really unfair to the country.
“When we resumed the campaigns of this bill, we started with religious leaders. For them to come out and say they were not consulted is a big lie because we have consulted them all the time.”The angry Matembe noted
“Religious leaders should also get to know that it’s not their role to make laws of this country. They don’t have any right to stop the government to make laws to protect her citizens. Their responsibility in this bill is to find the root cause of cohabitation in families but not to stop the bill to be passed” She added
“You didn’t do your work properly of preaching people about marriage,the reason why people slipped from your hands and started cohabiting. some people cohabit because marriage is expensive” She stressed
Meanwhile Matembe criticized all legislators who do not support the marriage and Divorce bill. She said that all MPs who do not support this bill don’t deserve to be in parliament.
Matembe says that the marriage and Divorce bill is intended to protect the families not breaking marriages.
Parliament last week granted a two weeks holiday to MPs to allow them go and consult their voters about the marriage and Divorce bill before it’s passed into law.