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Kenyan polygamy law: Female MPs storm out of parliament

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imageFemale MPs in Kenya stormed out of a late-night parliamentary session in a row over the legalisation of polygamy.

The law is intended to bring civil law, where a man is only allowed one wife, into line with customary law where some cultures allow multiple partners.

But 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 should give their approval beforehand.

Correspondents say about 30 of Kenya’s 69 women MPs were in the chamber for the debate.

They walked out in disgust over the matter.

The marriage bill now passes to the president to sign before it becomes law.

 

source: BBC.

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7 Responses to Kenyan polygamy law: Female MPs storm out of parliament

  1. How could only 30 out of 69 women MPs be present when such an important bill was being debated? Something wrong with all parliamentarians. It is not only women, but all parliamentarians. They tend to stay away when a very important bill is up for debate. It would have made a bigger impact if 69 women walked out and not only 30. And where were the male Chrsitian MPs? What side did they support? Did they walk out with their female counterparts?

    Now the chalenge is, will Uhuru sign the bill into law given that he declared to be a born again Christian? Let us pray for him to ask God for wisdom in this matter. It is no easy matter considering that Kenya has a sizeable moslem community in addition to traditionalists who want to have more than one woman in their bedrooms!! What greed and selfishness!!!

    Let me say this.......
    March 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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  2. kekekekeeke..yakosa..what does this mean now..?its passing..

    pompwe
    March 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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  3. stop talking about christians. my friend, jacob had two wives and the 12 tribes of israel is based on the activities of these people.

    lets be straight, read the bible as it was written.

    kuta
    March 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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  4. Kuta note that Jacob, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph of the bible were NOT christians.
    They lived before Christ was born and could not have been followers of somebody who was never there during their times.

    mk
    March 22, 2014 at 5:43 am
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  5. Whlie we agree that polygamy is not good, can someone please help me.I have been privileged to conduct statistics on the population of both men and women in Zambia alone, results show that there are too many women than men and many of them women not married. Asking around, they complain that there are no men to marry them. In such a scenario what are people`s views?

    Lusala Buntele
    March 22, 2014 at 9:47 am
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  6. Sorry, typing error I meant “while”

    Lusala Buntele
    March 22, 2014 at 9:53 am
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  7. OMG, it is very clear that kenyan women are hustlers, a man cannot bring another woman to come and share the sweat of the first woman. Unless they add up another clause which says that any additional woman should come in and disclose her property.

    Otherwise, i will hire marcenaries to deal with the culprits.

    roseline orina
    March 22, 2014 at 11:20 am
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