Debate on the Domestic Relations Bill has stalled for the third time after Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Khiddu Makubuya informed Parliament that the Muslim community was objected to 25 clauses in this bill.
Last week Parliament requested the Makubuya to inform Parliament of the areas of objection raised by the Muslim community. These include the clause on cohabitation, age of marriage, marriage gifts, matrimonial and personal property, adultery, equal treatment of wives among others. Makubuya however said that consultations with the Muslim community and other stake holders were going to commence immediately.
Makubuya also said that also other interest groups have since the general debate was deferred raised concerns on the bill. They include representatives of indigenous communities who contend that the Bill violates certain cultural beliefs and traditions
Oyam South MP Ben Wacha advised the Minister to withdraw this bill and table it afresh in the 8th Parliament because no unfinished business must be carried forward from one Parliament to another.
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Makubuya refused to withdraw the bill because it was not among the instructions he was given by the house.
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Uganda Women's Network coordinator Solome Nakawesi says the Minister is running away from his responsibilities. She is of the view that the minister should have withdrawn it create room for improvement.
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