The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Men Oppose Come-We-Stay

MAENDELEO Ya Wanaume Organisation has opposed the 'come-we- stay' marriages, saying they are meant to suppress men.

The organisation's chairman Nderitu Njoka said: "This kind of marriage is meant to force a man marry without giving him enough time for courtship and I will move to Constitutional Court to the block the law allowing it."

Speaking a day after the Cabinet legalised marriages where a man a woman have cohabited for six months and above, the chairman said men should be given enough time to study their future wives.

"There are no proper frameworks. I'm wondering why all these laws are just favouring women and oppressing men," he complained. Njoka said on phone that nobody should be forced to marriage in this country.

On the dowry part, he said the Government should ban once and for all since both the lady and gentlemen have been brought up together in the same society though by different parents.

"Let them not say that the dowry voluntary but it should be banned for good," he added. He at the same time backed part of the section that supports the separation registration of the properties saying this is commendable.

The cabinet which was chaired by President Kibaki endorsed Marriage Bill on Thursday which will now be tabled in parliament for debate. The chiefs will now have authority to register those engaged in the 'come - we -stay' marriage accordingly.

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