Can marriage contracts bring peace in the home?
Maendeleo Ya Wanaume Organisation (MYWO) has proposed that Kenyan marriages be on contract basis.
According to Nderitu Njoka marrying through contract is the only solution to the problems currently bedevilling Kenyans.
“It is unfortunate that homes have become the new frontier for domestic violence since many feel trapped and under siege,” says Njoka.
He dismissed the Marriage Act 2012 and Matrimonial Property Act saying these pieces of legislation open room for gays and lesbianism, as well as providing a breeding ground for contention and violence.
According to Njoka, lesbianism and gayism leads to bias against one gender adding that it is bound to create feelings of resentment towards women compromising peace and harmony within homes.
Njoka whose organization has drafted an updated and ambitious 16-page Marriage Contract proposal says if passed; it will end many problems that men face in their lifetime marriage.
“Marriage institutions today no longer hold true and are prone to blackmail. Marriage has become a farce and has been compromised by false imported and artificial values in the social, religious and economic aspects in this rapidly changing world,” Njoka explains.
He notes that the marriage vow ‘until death do us part’ is a sick joke and may only apply to successful marriage relationship adding that it should be changed to read, ‘until separation, gender violence or divorce do us part’.
The organisation proposes that all couples settle on a renewable three, six or nine year relationship contract with a reputable private family lawyer or family elders.
The proposal document has been handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai.
Njoka who was accompanied by the organization lawyer Vincent Muguku says that the Marriage Bill 2012 has unwarranted issues and lack diversity, depth and reality.
“It also lacks imagination, vision and as such tends to be an ambush draft against the male gender in particular,” he notes.
“The Marriage Act is a scheme and has opened a Pandora’s Box on the current failing marriage set up which is crowded with loopholes of rights violation,” says Njoka.
Maendeleo ya Wanaume Organization which is representing men’s rights and as well upholding the rights of the female gender has about seven million male members and 300,000 women members.
“It is in record that about 10 per cent of marriages end during the first year or in honeymoon at the evening party on the wedding day. Consequently, over 80 per cent of the gender with subtle separations are females and are to blame for this,” he noted.
Njoka says the Marriage Act encourages infidelity and immorality and seems to have been drafted by international gay activists, lesbians and feminists.
According to Muguku Clause 6 (F) which says in ‘accordance with any other faith or any other group as may be designated by notice in the gazette’ opens room for lesbians and gays..