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Daily Nation : February 20th 2014
10 | National News TRIBUTE | Residents hold procession to remember Thika road accident victims Githurai Kimbo OCS Samwel Otongo joins a resident in a dance after a procession in the Nairobi estate yesterday to remember road accident victims. A total of 120 crashes occurred on the Thika Super Highway last year in which 135 people died. Right: Traffic police deputy chief James Onyango talks to boda bodas after the procession. EVANS HABIL | NATION LEGISLATION | Committee boss says seeking permission to wed ‘very uncustomary’ House team proposes removal of clause that requires a man to seek wife’s consent before he can marry again MPs plan to alter marriage Bill ‘‘ BY JOHN NGIRACHU @JohnNgirachu firstname.lastname@example.org requires a man planning to marry more than one wife to seek the consent of his wife or wives. In a report to guide MPs be- M fore the Bill’s Second Reading began on Tuesday, the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee’s most far-reaching proposal was the removal of the clause. In the Bill, a couple wishing to marry are required to provide the Registrar of Marriages and the person conducting the ceremony written notice of not less than 21 days. In case of a “subsequent mar- riage”, the Bill says, a notice would also be required to declare whether the wife or wives have Ps are proposing the removal of a provision in the marriage Bill that They were seeking to quantify civil marriages under customary law, so we have proposed that particular section be deleted” MP Samuel Chepkong’a been informed. It should also state whether the wife or wives approve or disapprove. By proposing the removal of the clause, the committee is opening the way for a man to marry other women without informing his wife or wives. Committee chairman Samuel Chepkong’a said the idea that a man should seek consent to marry other wives was “very uncustomary.” “They were seeking to quantify civil marriages under customary law and so we have proposed that particular section be deleted.” Mr John Mureithi Waiganjo (Oljoorok, TNA) said if women did not like polygamy, they should avoid customary marriage. “If you do not want a situation where your husband marries TO DAILY NATION Thursday February 20, 2014 Uhuru, lobby join hands in fight on graft President Kenyatta yesterday launched a partnership with Transparency International in which the State and the anti-graft lobby will meet twice a year to review the fight against corruption. He directed that the Attorney General, the Inspector-General of Police, Director of Public Prosecution to be meeting with TI to review progress in the fight against corruption. The President said the partner- ship between the government and TI will deal with “real corruption” and help in ending the wrong perception created about the vice. “Let us fight real corruption but a situation where everybody shouts to stall government projects is unacceptable,” the President said. He added: “What Transpar- more than one wife, then go the Christian way, or the civil marriage way. The parameters are there and its clear, he cannot marry again. If you stay in an arrangement that we call ‘comewe-stay’ then of course, you are vulnerable,” said Mr Waiganjo. Kiambu MP Nyokabi Gathecha said she did not expect any of her male colleagues to oppose the Bill. “We know what you want but we want to ensure those particular unions (currently) unrecognised and those other children are taken care of.” Ms Regina Nthambi (Kilome, Wiper) accused male MPs of blindly supporting the Bill and said she would propose changes. www.nation.co.ke/marriageBill TO WATCH THIS VIDEO GO ency International believes in is what I believe in; what you want to root out is what I also want to root out.” Corruption index President Kenyatta was speak- ing at State house Nairobi after a meeting with the chairperson of the board of Transparency International Huguette Labelle. Dr Labelle praised the enact- ment of the Constitution of Kenya in 2010, saying it has created institutions that enforce transparency. TI-Kenya board chair Richard Leakey said the lobby is rethinking the method it uses when compiling the corruption index. “For example, the police have been ranked the most corrupt on the basis of the Traffic police. The blanket blame placed on the whole police service does not portray the true picture of the problem,” Dr Leakey said. (PSCU) Lobby opposes MPs bid to fight homosexuality BY NATION REPORTER MPs could be headed for a collision course with the civil society over proposals to crackdown on homosexuals. Five MPs have openly called on Kenyans to arrest gay people when police fail to act and have formed a parliamentary caucus seeking to rally other lawmakers to strengthen the law if need be, and push for full enforcement of laws that prohibit being gay. They cited the section of the law that prohibits indecent public or private engagements between males. Mr Ken Wafula of the Na- tional Association of Human Rights Activists told the Nation that the laws being cited by MPs would not stand the constitutional threshold which outlaws sexual discrimination. In fact, he claimed that charging anyone under the cited laws would open up an avenue to successfully challenge them in court. “The Constitution does not outlaw sexual relationships of any kind, what is there is only a ban on same sex marriages. What the MPs are trying to do is incite the public against gays,” he said. Mr Wafula claimed that anti- gay laws risked putting the lives of innocent Kenyans on the line pointing out that in Uganda, reports of homosexuals being targets of violence had risen as a result of a proposed antigay law. Lack moral fibre He added that MPs who have in the past been linked to prostitution and have openly exhibited greed in asking for more perks lack the moral fibre to judge gays. The activist asked the At- torney-General, Director of Public Prosecutions and Registrar-General of Companies, to ignore summons by a house committee stating that such summons were misplaced and would be illegal as they would aid in curtailing the rights of others.
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