Kenya parliament agrees on polygamy bill

Kenya has passed a bill to allow polygamy despite protests.

Kenya parliament agrees on polygamy bill

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amendments to Kenya's marriage legislation legalizing polygamy has caused a number of female MPs to storm out of parliament in anger.

Although the original proposal gave wives the right to veto their husband's choice, the male dominated parliament pushed for this clause to be removed from the proposal.

Nairobi's Capital FM quoted lawmaker Junet Mohammed as saying "When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way, and a third wife … this is Africa."

One female lawmaker, Soipan Tuya, challenged the legislation which does not make it necessary for a man to tell his wife if and when he is bringing another wife home.

Female MPs stormed out of the late-night session in fury after a heated debate. "We know that men are afraid of women's tongues more than anything else," female legislator told fellow MPs, according to Capital FM.

"I think it behoves you to be man enough to agree that your wife and family should know," she reportedly said.

The bill, however, needs presidential approval before it can take effect.

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