3 May 2007

Uganda: Clan Marriage Case for Today

Kampala — THE High Court will today deliver a ruling in a case in which a couple from the same clan intends to marry.

Justice Remmy Kasule will deliver his verdict against Juliet Namazzi and Ivan Serunkuma whose marriage was stopped by court on grounds that they were genetically related.

Namazzi's father, Bruno Kiwuwa, sued Namazzi and Serunkuma, saying they did not obtain his consent.

Kiwuwa added that the Ndiga (sheep) clan to which they belong, prohibits marriage between members.

A DNA test carried out in South Africa proved Kiwuwa as Namazzi's biological father.

Earlier Namazzi had disowned Kiwuuwa, saying her father was a Mutooro, a fact disclosed to her by her mother, Binaisa Ndagire Nalongo.

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