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Women MPs, CSOs want Marriage Bill enacted into law   

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 14th June 2018 05:19 PM

The chairperson UWOPA round table on Marriage bill, Veronica Bichetero said the bill has been on the shelves for a long time since 2013.

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The chairperson UWOPA round table on Marriage bill, Veronica Bichetero said the bill has been on the shelves for a long time since 2013.

PIC: The Kaberamaido Woman MP also chairperson Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) round table on Marriage bill, Veronica Bichetero speaking during the meeting with CSOs at Parlaiment. (Credit: Jeff Andrew Lule)
 
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KAMPALA - Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and women Members of Parliament have called on Parliament to expeditiously pass the Marriage bill into law.
 
They argue that the law is long overdue yet it is needed to address challenges in marriages.
 
This was during a meeting between Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) and CSOs to discuss the progress of the bill and agree on the way forward.
 
The chairperson UWOPA round table on Marriage bill, Veronica Bichetero said the bill has been on the shelves for a long time since 2013.
 
“We intend to meet the Speaker to see how she can help us. I think it is high time we make a conclusion of it.
 
"You can imagine the document was bigger and we have taken out domestic relations, successions among others and we are remaining with another small bit,” she noted.
 
She said marriage is an institution like others which must be regulated.
 
“This particular institution of marriage involves our emotions, love, care and our very human being. In marriage you get married to a person not related to you; so you start building a relationship from scratch with other people and children also come in and other in-laws. It is something we need to regulate immediately we get married,” she added.
 

The chairperson of Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, Jovia Kamateeka  speaking at the meeting.(Credit:Jeff Andrew Lule)

Bichetero also Kaberamaido MP, explained that the law is aimed at defining each one’s responsibility and obligation in marriage.
 
“What is our joint responsibility when we have children and later grandchildren as grandparents? We want to know what to do if the love between the two starts reducing like on the issue of separation and staying in marriage.
 
"There is time when marriage it cannot be saved and we need to know what can be done when divorce issues come up,” she added.
 
The chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Jovia Kamateeka , said whatever happens in a home affects children.
 
"We all know that whatever affects women and men in home impacts on children. We should sensitize people so that by the time the bill comes out, it is not new to people," she noted.
 
The Executive Director of Joy for Children, Moses Ntenga said the law is important to protect the rights of children.
 
“We want men to support this law because it protects children. We are interested in this bill inline with our work of ending child marriage. We think this this bill if passed into law; it will help to end child marriage which has become a big problem,” he added.
 
 
 

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