The Supreme Court has ruled that the refund of bride price by the woman’s parents or relatives upon a failed marriage is unconstitutional.
But the same court declined to declare that practice of demanding for payment of bride-price as a precondition for customary marriage as unconstitutional. This means that paying of bride price by the boy’s side to the parents of the girl is to continue.
In a majority judgment of 6:1, Justice Jotham Tumwesigye who wrote the lead judgment observed that it’s unfair to demand a refund of bride price from the woman’s parents after years of marriage.
The judge added that it’s not likely that the parents of the woman would be keeping the property ready to refund.
Ms. Christine Alalo head of the Child and Family Protection Department of the Uganda Police Force takes up a new assignment in Somalia as Deputy Police Commissioner AMISSON. For the 5 years that Christine worked as the head of the Child and Family Protection Department, CEDOVIP enjoyed a fruitful partnership which resulted in key tangible achievements particularly with the work on the proposed GBV directorate, police training curriculum and strengthening the capacity of Police officers in handling GBV cases. Infact her out standing commitment and achievements at the Department earned her an award from the European Union’s Human rights Defenders Award in 2014.
We are sure that she will excel in her new assignment and wish her all the best!.
The Assistant Commissioner for Gender in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Madam Maggie Kyomukama has confirmed to the Domestic Violence Coalition that the National GBV policy will be passed by the end of the year 2015!
This was during a meeting between the Domestic Violence Act Coalition members led by CEDOVIP with the Honorable Minister for Gender, Labor and Social development, Hon. Wilson Muluri Mukasa at his office to draw his attention to the pending processes for the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA).
The Coalition during its submissions before the minister noted that despite the existence of the law, there are constraints and limitations that continue to hinder effective implementation of the DV Act including;