NEBBI. Following the increase of teenage pregnancy in the greater Nebbi, Alur Kingdom with support from plan international Uganda is set to enact a marriage ordinance to help regulate marriage in the kingdom.
The marriage ordinance to be enacted by the Alur kingdom will act as an authoritative order or decree that will ensure that marriage does not harm human rights but promote peaceful coexistence, development and prosperity.
As part of the preparation, the chiefs are to learn from Lango cultural foundation who were supported by Plan International Uganda to enact one which is functioning and has led to the reduction of teenage pregnancies despite the lock down.
Speaking during the orientation meeting with Lango Cultural Foundation in Nebbi town on Monday, Mr Robert Abak, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Nebbi said current statistics shows that from January to August, over 3,000 girls got pregnant.
“The situation is bad and we cannot continue like this, this marriage ordinance is timely to help save our girls and their future, I know you will meet opposition but don’t give up because we will support you completely”, he said.
Mr Martine Ogwang, the project manager Plan International Uganda Lira branch said before the ordinance came into place, they registered over 16,000 teenage pregnancies in the Lango sub region compared to now which has reduced to 4,000.
Mr Vincent Ochaya Orach, the Prime minister Alur Kingdom said after the learning visit to Lango, the chiefs will sit to draft the marriage ordnance which will be taken to the solicitor general for approval for it to become legal.
“I am happy that the process of the ordinance has begun and a lot of consultations with the community will be done in order for all to be part so that when it is passed, they will be able to own it”, he said.
The ordinance will empower traditional chiefs and clan leaders to arrest perpetrators of early marriages and teenage pregnancy. It will also address issues of property division, currently, relatives chase widows from their homes and don’t allow them to own properties when the husband dies.