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Marriage bill biased against men

31 July 2013, 13:29 James Kabotia

Maendeleo Ya Wanaume Kenya has condemned the controversial marriage bill 2013, saying that it is biased against the male gender.

The organization, chaired by Nderitu Njoka, vowed to make adjustments in the bill and present it to President Uhuru Kenyatta, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Attorney General Githu Muigai.

Bill drafted according to the decision of Kenyan men

“These three people are top men in this country and we have drafted our bill according to the decision of Kenyan men. We are not going to sit back and watch Members of Parliament pass it into law,” said Njoka.

Nderitu Njoka

Njoka observed that there is a clause in the bill that outlines that the Cabinet Secretary may in consultation with the relevant stakeholders  register any other types of marriages apart from Christian, civil, Hindu, customary and Islamic marriages.

He said that the clause might have been sponsored by international gay activists and feminists.

“As Maendeleo Ya Wanaume, we feel that the bill is too much infiltrated by western culture which supports homosexuality and lesbianism. The clause is demonic and must be wiped out because there cannot exist any ‘other’ marriage in Kenya,” said Njoka.

Geared towards robbing men off their properties

The chairman was addressing the media in Nyeri town on Tuesday where he said that the matrimonial property bill is geared towards robbing men off their properties as it talks about equal ownership of wealth.

He said that some people are lazy, and that properties must be registered under the name of either the husband or wife according to their relevant contributions.

“There are young men and women who get married to elderly wealthy people so that they can derive properties from them,” he said.

Paves the way for immorality

Maendeleo ya Wanaume Chief Advocate Vincent Muguku said that there is a clause that allows a couple to agree to live separately, saying that it paves the way for immorality.

Muguku said that the clause encourages men and women to enjoy conjugal rights with anyone at any time.

“Is it punishable if one gets children out of wedlock or indulges in adultery?” he posed.

‘Until death do us a part’ a sick joke

Njoka said that marriage should have an exit if it becomes sour, saying that the term ‘until death do us a part’ is a sick joke.  

He said, “Marriage contract is the way forward and should be analyzed in the bill. The contract on property, investment and lifestyle can be renewed and will help curb domestic wrangles.”

He also condemned the clause that stipulates that marriage can be dissolved if a person is sentenced to more than seven years in prison or for life.

He said that successful appeals can be made to salvage marriage, adding that even prisoners have been allowed to enjoy conjugal rights.

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