Africa: Loopholes in the Marriage & Divorce Bill

As a concerned Ugandan as well as the spokesperson of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), an institution that is a member of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, I have been closely following the debate on the Marriage and Divorce Bill and I have noted a number of lapses, which all stakeholders should explore a little more before pronouncing their positions about it.

My first concern is about the distribution of properties between husband and wife during divorce. By emphasising the division of family property between the couple at the time of divorce, the Bill seems to undermine the importance of stable marriages and families in nation building. It sends a wrong message to wives that the shortcut to get rich quick is divorce.

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