Women representatives in Parliament expect the new Marriage and Divorce Bill to be passed early next year.
The Bill was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday by the Attorney General, Khiddu Makubuya. It is intended to reform legislation on marriage, separation and divorce.
The law provides for the different types of recognized marriage in Uganda, marital rights and duties and the sharing of property rights. It also spells out grounds for the breakdown of marriage and the rights of the different parties affected by dissolution of a marriage.
When the Marriage and Divorce Bill was first publicized, it received wide-spread criticism, particularly because of the terms provided for dissolution of marriage. The proposed law states that a marriage can be dissolved because of a man's impotence.
It also outlaws the mandatory payment of bride price.
When the Bill was tabled in Parliament, it received a standing ovation from MPs, particularly district women representatives. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, asked the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to expedite its scrutiny so it can be passed early next year.
Beatrice Rwakimari, Ntungamo Woman MP, acknowledges that the Bill has a few controversial clauses. She however says this should not stop the passing of a Bill that protects all society