Uhuru signs law legalising polygamy

The Marriage Act 2014 defines various types of marriages including monogamous, polygamous, customary, Christian, Islamic and Hindu marriages/FILE

The Marriage Act 2014 defines various types of marriages including monogamous, polygamous, customary, Christian, Islamic and Hindu marriages/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Marriage Bill 2014.

The Marriage Act 2014 defines various types of marriages including monogamous, polygamous, customary, Christian, Islamic and Hindu marriages.

The Act – which consolidates various laws relating to marriage – provides procedures for separation and divorce. It also regulates the custody and maintenance of children in the event of separation and divorce. READ Uproar as MPs pass Bill promoting polygamy

According to the Act, marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman whether in a monogamous or polygamous union registered under the Act. READ: Uproar as MPs pass Bill promoting polygamy.

It states that parties to a marriage have equal rights and obligations at the time of marriage, during the marriage and at the dissolution of the marriage. All marriages registered under the Act have the same legal status.

President Kenyatta also gave his assent to the Heroes Bill 2014, which creates a council to manage the welfare of heroes.

The Heroes Act provides for the recognition of heroes and establishes criteria for the identification, selection and honouring of national heroes.

It also provides for the categories of heroes and the establishment of the National Heroes Council.

The two National Assembly Bills were presented to the Head of State for signing at State House Nairobi today by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi who was accompanied by Solicitor General Njee Muturi, National Assembly Clerk Justin Bundi and National Assembly Leader of Majority, Aden Duale.

  • Honest Kenyan

    Polygamy will continue to be legal for those who marry under Islamic Law or under a cultural system that allows polygamy. That’s the way it has been since the earliest colonial days – so no changes here. Civil and Christian marriages remain monogamous- de jure – since many mpango wa kandos still, in fact, exist in such marriages. In effect, the Law retained the Status Quo on Marriage Law, but reformed divorce law, plus consolidated the hitherto scattered laws .

    • Shaf Shafi

      Thanks for clarifying this. So these men married in church are doing a fools celebration. Nothing changes. Christian, Hindu & Civil marriages are strictly monogamous.

  • kaput

    y all men witnessed?

  • Nina Nelson

    “It states that parties to a marriage have equal rights and obligations
    at the time of marriage, during the marriage and at the dissolution of
    the marriage. All marriages registered under the Act have the same legal
    status.” Does this mean that a woman can marry more than one husband? Can’t think why she would want to, but if all parties have equal rights, that should apply to women as well.