The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause.
The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause. AFP PHOTO - SIMON MAINA

Kenya legislates to allow men to marry multiple women

THE Kenyan Parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want prompting a furious backlash from the country's female politicians.

The bill, which was passed late last week, formalised customary law about marrying more than one person.

The bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament rushed through a text that dropped the clause.

Glossary:

  • Polygamy: Marrying more than one spouse (gender neutral)
  • Polygyny: A man marrying more than one woman
  • Polyandry: A woman marrying more than one man


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