Friday, 21 March 2014

Kenya to legalize marrying other wives without consulting existing one, but guess what the female MPs did at the parliament.......

Have heard severally and it is now so boring and worrying to hear that it is a man's world, who says? And the very men who are meant to protect our right in the society are all seated with their selfish belly to sign a law in Kenya to make it a law for men to be allowed to marry several wives without consulting with existing one or ones and i am like what!

The female MPs voted against this law but the male MPs voted to amend the new marriage bill to allow men to take as many wives as they like without consulting existing spouses.

Traditionally, first wives are supposed to give prior approval.

The women walked out in disgust over the matter.  Disgust, that is the word. 

Continue to read for full detail.
The marriage bill now passes to the president to sign before it becomes law.

'This is Africa'

MP Samuel Chepkong'a, who proposed the amendment, said that when a woman got married under customary law, she understood that the marriage was open to polygamy, so no consultation was necessary, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper reports.

Mohammed Junet, an MP representing a constituency from the western Nyanza province, agreed.
If the bill becomes law, a Kenyan will have to be 18 to marry and this will apply to all cultures

"When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way and a third wife… this is Africa," Kenya's Capital News website quotes him as saying.

But female MPs argued that such a decision would affect the whole family, including the financial position of other spouses.

"It behoves you to be man enough to agree that your wife and family should know," Capital News quotes Soipan Tuya, the women's representative from Narok County, as saying.

The BBC's Angela Ngendo in the capital, Nairobi, says the new marriage legislation has been under discussion for several years and some initial proposals were scrapped at committee stages.

Plans to ban the payment of bride prices were dropped - although a person must be 18 to marry and this will apply to all cultures.

Proposals to ensure equal property and inheritance rights were also watered down - a woman will be entitled to 30% of matrimonial property after death or divorce.

Under current Kenyan law, a woman must prove her contribution to the couple's wealth.

There was also a proposal to recognise co-habiting couples, known in Kenya as "come-we-stay" relationships, after six months, but this too was dropped.

It would have allowed a woman to seek maintenance for herself and any children of the union had the man left.

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