Marrying more than one wife is illegal-MP Mukabagwiza

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 23 September 2020 at 01:58

The Vice President of the Parliamentary Affairs and Good Governance Edda Mukabagwiza, has quashed the hopes of men who want to be allowed to marry more than one wife, telling them that it is illegal in Rwandan law.

Some men say that marrying a second wife can solve or ease some of the problems in the home, including conflict because when one knows that they are sharing a husband with another they will be more respectful of the husband so that he does not stay with the co-wife.

“In the Islam beliefs, God approves of it. It means that God also allows up to four marriages, to marry a second wife is not caused by adultery urge, they can help strengthen your at home, if the government agrees, I would really want another,” Said a man from Nyamirambo Sector who spoke to Radio 1

There are women supporting men in this quest, saying that when men start seeing people outside the marriage they also start wasting family resources.

“Instead of going to prostitution with many different women, bringing children to me all the time, I would give him permission to bring her officially,” said one woman

MP Mukabagwiza said that in order for these men’s wishes to be implemented, it would require a change in the law because the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda allows only one wife, one husband.

“This project would not be approved because the Constitution does not allow it, the law states that legal marriage is of one man to one woman,” she underscored.

Law nº32 / 2016 of 28/08/2016 governing the family, in its article 166, stipulates that a legitimate marriage is an act performed by one man and one woman.

MP Mukabagwiza said that in order for these men's wishes to be implemented, it would require a change in the law