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Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by tunex22(m): 1:08pm On Oct 28, 2019
[/b]A new law that went into effect in Kenya this week makes it legal for a man to marry as many women as he wants. And a leading women’s group is applauding it.[b]

President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the polygamy measure into law Tuesday, formally recognizing what has long been a cultural practice in the nation.

Parliament passed the bill in March despite protests from female lawmakers who angrily stormed out of the late-night session at the time.

The bill initially allowed the first wife the right to veto the husband’s choice of additional spouses. Male members of parliament successfully pushed to get that clause dropped.

“Marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman whether in a monogamous or polygamous union,” Kenyatta said in a statement. “The Marriage Act 2014 defines various types of marriages including monogamous, polygamous, customary, Christian, Islamic and Hindu marriages.”

No limit on number of wives

The law legalizes polygamous unions, but does not provide an official limit on the number of wives a man can have.

The Federation of Women Lawyers, a powerful women’s rights group, applauded aspects of the bill and criticized others.

Polygamy already is a common fixture among many cultures in Kenya and in some other African countries.

The bill, the group said, is long overdue because polygamous unions were previously not regarded as equal to regular marriages.

“We are happy with the law because finally all marriages are being treated equally,” said Christine Ochieng, executive director of the nation’s Federation of Women Lawyers.

“All marriages will be issued with marriage certificates, including customary marriages. Before this, customary marriages were treated as inferior with no marriage certificates. This opened up suffering for the women because they could not legally prove they were married to a particular man. ”

First wife has no say

However, she said, the first wife should have a say in picking her husband’s co-wives.

“What we are not happy about is that now a man can marry another wife or wives without the consent of the first wife,” she said. “That section of the law is potentially open to abuse because a man can secretly marry other wives because he doesn’t need his wife’s consent to marry.”

But Jane Kimani, a Nairobi resident, said the bill is archaic and has no place in modern society.

“Polygamous marriages should not even be an issue today,” she said. “Kenya is moving backward instead of changing with the times.”

Source: cnn.com

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Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by Depressed101: 1:25pm On Oct 28, 2019
Choi see that fair babe for make sense for double ;d... Choi..

But i nor like kenya
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by Chapter1vs6(m): 1:34pm On Oct 28, 2019
Depressed101:
Choi see that fair babe for make sense for double grin
your post is one of the reasons black girls bleach...
Is being a black woman not good enough?

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Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by Depressed101: 1:37pm On Oct 28, 2019
Chapter1vs6:
your post is one of the reasons black girls bleach...
Is being a black woman not good enough?
is it bad that i have taste in fair girls... Abi na rule.. Pls i meant no discrimination.. I just dey gbadu the work of God the said lady's life.
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by Abfinest007(m): 1:53pm On Oct 28, 2019
so they want to enjoy what Nigerians are enjoying
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by Omojudy: 4:28pm On Oct 28, 2019
Stockfile pictures! As if women will actually come out like this to celebrate that!
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by Nobody: 9:32pm On Oct 28, 2019
I hope the government has carved out enough burial grounds? Because it is time for men to die in active service and the second wife to poison the first wife.

Let the game begin! We are watching. grin grin
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by madridguy(m): 5:14am On Oct 29, 2019
tongue tongue tongue

Nigeria government what are you waiting for tongue
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by nauto5: 12:51am On Oct 30, 2019
I see
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by bukatyne(f): 1:17am On Oct 30, 2019
IMHO, there is only one victim in polygamy:

The first wife.

If they are the women rejoicing, no lele.
Re: Women In Kenya Celebrate As Government Legalizes Polygamy by ifyan(m): 1:38am On Oct 30, 2019
Please who can remember the Bible vs again
"7 women to one man saying, we can take care of ourselves but let us bear your name" though this is not exact way the Bible illustrated it.

Feminist are you seeing/hearing what's in news.

Men don't jubilate yet remember.....

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