By Juma Nsubuga
The Government Chief whip Justine Kasule Lumumba has issued guidelines on the controversial Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009 to all NRM MPs to deliberate specifically on the three controversial clauses which include Cohabitation, distribution of Properties and conjugal rights.
She says that MPs will be required to consult on property rights and get a position on sharing property after divorce.
She says the MPs will also be required to consult their constituencies on whether men should force their married wives’ into intimacy when their health is bad.
The MPs will be required to find out whether it is necessary to bring a separate law on cohabitation,Chief Whip added
Lumumba says that after the consultations on the Bill next week, all the NRM MPS will convene for a caucus meeting to review again on these controversial Clauses and forge a way forward on whether the clauses can be amended.
Most of MPs say that their people want them to oppose the Marriage and Divorce Bill because it is full of non issues which cannot help the people of Uganda.
Bunyaruguru County MP ,Cadet Benjamin says that his constituents told him to abandon the Bill saying that the current laws to handle families are enough.
The chairman of the Buganda caucus at parliament Godfrey Kiwanda who is also Mityana North MP says the word Marriage and divorce should be separated in the Bill because they contradict each other.
Mean while Maracha District Woman MP, Lematia Ondoru says the bill undervalues the culture of paying bride price among Lugubara culture who value it so much. She says the bill is not wanted in her constituency although she has tried to sell it to the people.