8 December 2004

Uganda: Muslims Opposed to Family Bill

Kampala — THE domestic Relations bill (DRB) 2003 is against the Islamic faith, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has said.

Appearing before the parliamentary committee on legal and parliamentary affairs yesterday, UMSC asked MPs not to pass the bill, saying the imbalance did not favour Muslims.

"If this bill is passed as it is, it will be a declaration that Islamic laws and faith are not respected in Uganda. We persuade you not to pass it," Dr. Abbas Kiyimba said.

UMSC Secretary General Dr. Idris Kasen-ene, Sheik Yahya Kakungulu and MPs Kadulunabi Lubega (Butambala), Lukia Nakadama (Mayuge), Nasser Basajjabalaba (Youth Western), Latif Ssebagala (Kawempe North) and Issa Kikungwe (Kyadondo South) attended.

UMSC also opposed a proposal by women activists calling for the abolition of polygamy.

"We believe that our religion has answers to all social problems and we don't want anybody to tamper with the already enshrined solutions. If a man has the capacity to marry another wife, why should he be refused?" Kiyimba said.

He added, "Our grandfathers lived in this arrangement and there was no problem. I have 30 children and I feel richer with them.

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