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Kenyan president signs bill making polygamy legal
Previous British colonial laws did not capture value systems of indigenous populations, lawyer says
CBC NewsPosted: Apr 29, 2014 2:20 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 29, 2014 2:20 PM ET
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta waves to the crowd as Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence in Nairobi, Kenya, in this December 2013 photo. Kenyatta has signed into law a bill legalizing polygamous unions and opens the door for men to marry as many wives as they want. (Sayyid Azim/The Associated Press)
Lawyer Judy Thongori Tuesday said the Marriage Act 2014 is long overdue and has more positive than negative attributes. She says the number of women a man can marry depends on the traditions of his tribe. Kenya has 42 tribes and many do not put a cap on the number of wives a man can marry as long as he can afford it.
Thongori said previous laws governing marriages and unions were made by British colonialists before Kenya gained independence in 1963 and did not capture the value systems of the indigenous populations.