Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Muslims to draft proposals on domestic relations

by Madinah Tebajjukira and Chris Kiwawulo from The New Vision (Uganda)

Joseph Kakooza, the chairman of the Uganda Law Reform Commission, said “The law on the Muslim domestic relations will be formulated to implement the provision of Article 129 of the Constitution, which provides for the establishment of Khadhi courts to handle Muslim matters related to marriage, inheritance and guardianship of children.” Kakooza said he communicated the Government’s position to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council on Monday. The council spokesperson, Hajji Nsereko Mutumba, said a committee, led by the director of Sharia, Sheik Rajab Kakooza, had been appointed to prepare their proposals. “We want to have Muslim family issues solved in Khadhi courts and not in secular courts as proposed in the Bill,” he said. Dorah Byamukama, a human rights activist, advised that the proposal by the Muslims caters for the principles of marriage like age and equality.

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