Kenyan polygamy law: Female MPs storm out of parliament

Epigraph:

And if you fear that you will not be fair in dealing with the orphans, then marry of women as may be agreeable to you, two, or three, or four; and if you fear you will not deal justly, then marry only one or what your right hands possess. That is the nearest way for you to avoid injustice. (Al Quran 4:4)

The Holy Quran allows upto four wives in certain circumstances

The Holy Quran allows upto four wives in certain circumstances

Source: BBC

Female MPs in Kenya have 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 are supposed to give prior approval.

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Kenya’s marriage bill

  • Bans marriage for those under 18
  • All marriages – even customary unions – must be registered
  • Legalises polygamy, allowing men to marry without consulting other spouses
  • A woman entitled to 30% of matrimonial property
  • Specifies that marriage is between a man and a woman, but does not explicitly ban custom of an infertile woman marrying a younger woman
  • Proposals dropped: Banning bride price payments, recognising cohabiting, or “come-we-stay”, relationships

Correspondents say about 30 of Kenya’s 69 female MPs were in the 349-member chamber for the debate but were outnumbered by their male counterparts.

The women walked out in disgust over the matter.

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

‘This is Africa’

MP Samuel Chepkong’a, who proposed the amendment, said that when a woman got married under customary law, she understood that the marriage was open to polygamy, so no consultation was necessary, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports.

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2 replies

  1. Will Obama support Kenya’s Polygamy right as he supported the homosexuality right?…

    Kenya’s leaders say…
    …homosexuality is unchristian, that it is a crime
    …BUT….polygamy is not a crime, that it is legal, that it is right

    Will president Obama declare that the freedom of polygamy is not right after he has confessed that the freedom of homosexuality is right?
    …not so, for President Obama has confessed that EACH has the freedom and equality to ” love another” and do what is right in their own eyes.

    This is the “light “ and “will” of this ‘god of freedom…god of fortresses’ that President Obama is confessing and advancing…

    …for EACH to serve and magnify the self (XES)…to know / justify “good and evil”.
    …for EACH to be free to worship ANY ‘god’.
    …and each is embracing this “mark”.

    …and this way is a way of conflict (for each justifies his way to be right) and death….and it is the given tribulation by the One God on man for his rejection and denial of Jesus Christ as the One Way….and for man’s love for his self-will.

    BUT the Lord Jesus Christ said to worship the One Lord Creator God and Him Alone, His Will Alone to serve in obedience , for there is no other, …and to do GOOD to your friend or foe….for it is Only Christ that will judge, condemn, and punish.

    AND The Lord Jesus Christ said to the polygamist, to the homosexual, to the exhibitionist, to the “religious”, to the fornicator, to the adulterer, to the prostitute, to the liar, to the murderer, to the rich ruler, and to the self-righteous ….to repent and to follow Him.

    Soon The One King Jesus Christ, Son of the Only God, will return to rule the earth in power according to and in obedience to the Will of Yehowah Elohim and NOT according to man’s self-righteous will to justify his desires….because of his first love for his self-righteous freedom.

    John Stefanyszyn
    …a bondman of the One Lord and King Jesus Christ, Son of the Only God.

  2. Just for those who are not aware of the fact: In Africa Christians have nearly as many wives as Muslims. When I was working in Ghana one man used to come to my office and he often quoted the bible. At one time I asked him how many children he had and he said (if I remember correctly) 15 or so. I said that seems to be a lot for one wife. He replied that he had three. I asked him ‘how come, you seem to be a good Christian’. He said that he had married one wife in the Church and the others according to African tradition. “I am African” !! he said …

    (Welcome to the club).

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