Africa: Uganda Parliament at Crossroads

Further, in as much as Parliament proposes to make marital rape illegal, it fails in the process to recognise a number of deep rooted traditional practices.

Therefore, whilst the spirit with which the Marriage and Divorce Bill was proposed is a good one, several contentious clauses may not have been well thought out, as one cannot legislate on all areas where emotions have the upper-hand and where a case has to be based on its own merit.

For example, the clause where the spouse shall have conjugal rights in a marriage, in the form of marital rape.

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