By Spy Uganda
The Uganda Registrations Services Bureau (URSB) has silenced rumours circulating following a letter indicating that speaker Anita Among and Budiope East MP Eng. Hassim Moses Magogo’s marriage has allegedly ended.
The two legalized their marriage two months ago after Eng. Magogo paid a dowry to marry Anita Among in a traditional marriage that took place in her ancestral home in Bukedea district located in Teso sub-region.
However, a letter dated August 16, 2022, by the Town Clerk of Makindye Division Urban Council, Geoffrey Rwakabale addressed to the registrar of marriages at URSB went viral on social media earlier this week indicating that he had invalidated Among’s marriage with Magogo.
In response, URSB the agency mandated with all registrations including customary marriages has come out to clear the air and assured the two love birds that their marriage is still intact and very valid.
”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,” URSB said in a statement.
”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,” the statement further noted.
”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. Non-registration of a marriage does not invalidate a marriage. However, registration of marriage gives evidential value pertaining to that marriage,” the statement concluded.