The Marriage Bill being debated in parliament has far-reaching repercussions on women who had wanted to roughshod on men in matters marriage.
Male members of the national assembly wittingly ganged up and introduced several amendments which are sure to pass – for they are the majority in the two houses.
One of the ‘men-serving’ amendments prohibit women from seeking compensation should a man change his mind closer to the D-day. No partner can sue the other if the walk down the aisle ends half-way.
Yes, in another amendment, a promise to marry someone is not binding.
“I love you, I will marry you,” not binding sister!
However, if a party incurs a loss by virtue of the promise, the offended party can seek for damages. This offended the men.
“There is no guarantee that courtship will necessarily lead to marriage. . .people should be left alone to determine the direction of ther courtship” argued Ol-Jororok MP John Waiganjo.
Another amendment that the house (read male MPs) seek to delete is the clause which require men to seek the consent of their first wives before marrying second wives.
The other amendment is the introduction of a new buzzword in relationships, “irretrievable breakdown” which includes such elements as one party been sentenced to more than seven years, adultery, cruelty and desertion.