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Clergy urge Attorney General to devolve office

17 November 2014, 17:06 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A moderator of the Presbyterian Church has urged Attorney General Githu Muigai to devolved functions of his office to counties for easier accessibility.

Reverend Peter Mwikumi of Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Ragati in Kieni East sub-county of Nyeri expressed dissatisfaction over the directive that couples intending to wed travel to Attorney General’s office in Nairobi to register their intentions.

He said the requirement in the new Marriage Act would not only inconvenience couples but also make couples resort to "come we stay" marriages, leading to unstable families.

Speaking on Sunday during a fundraising drive for the church, Mwikumi said the provision will bring collision between the government and religious groups.

“There are old people willing to wed and ordering them to travel to Nairobi is subjecting them to unfairness. The AG should devolve his office and stop taking over our roles,” said the man of God.

“All other government institutions have been decentralised to counties. The new Marriage Act will promote illicit marriages and come-we-stay amongst young people,” he added.

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