URSB reverses Magogo, Among marriage cancelation

A town clerk has no authority to invalidate a marriage, Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) revealed on Thursday.

Speaker Anitah Among and Moses Magogo

The development comes after the Town Clerk of Makingye Division Urban Council Geoffrey Rwakabale declared the cancellation of marriage between Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Moses Hassim Magogo and Speaker of Parliament Anita Among.

The lovebirds registered for marriage on August 15, but their plans were stopped within 24 hours by Rwakabale.

In a letter dated August 16, Rwakabale wrote to the Registrar of Marriages for Kampala district informing them that he had removed the marriage from the register.

"The purpose of this communication, therefore, is to [rescind] and withdraw the registration and to inform you that I have formally deleted the couple from the Division Customary Marriage Register,” Rwakabale wrote.

However, according to Ronald Jackson Lutunda, who issued a statement on behalf of the registrar of marriages, the town clerk has no such power.

"The role of the Town Clerk in customary marriage registration is to register and transmit a return to the Registrar of Marriages at Uganda Registration Services Bureau. Neither, the Town clerk nor the Registrar of Marriages have the authority to invalidate a marriage. Therefore, the letter from the Town Clerk cannot invalidate the marriage between Magogo Moses Hassim and Among Anita Annet. The public is put on notice to ignore the misleading circulating stories about the validity of the said marriage," reads the statement.

"Upon completion of the registration at the Sub County Chief or Town Clerk's office, the Marriage return is filed with Uganda Registration Services Bureau (Registrar of Marriages) to be entered on the National Marriage Register maintained by URSB. A customary marriage is one of the five types of legal marriages in Uganda. A customary marriage is celebrated according to the rites of an African Community and one of the parties to the marriage must be a member of that community."

Magogo and Among, who are both Members of Parliament, held a customary marriage in August.

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