Man Fails to clear bride price, wife taken away
A father-in-law has decided to take away his daughter from his son-in-law for failing to fulfil his bride price obligations.
He said he would only release his daughter when the bride price is paid in full.
The man at the centre of this drama has been identified as Laban Sabiti, 29, from Uganda. He has said that he was totally flabbergasted when his father-in-law-to-be did this to him over his daughter’s dowry.
Laban who’s a retail businessman in Bishayu Village of Ruhija Sub-County in Rubanda district revealed that he was planning to pay the dowry and not that he intentionally refused not to pay. He said he has been preparing to pay the bride price arrears totalling 6million Shillings which he owes Geoffrey Kokana, his lover’s father, before he decided to wickedly take his wife-to-be away, leaving the burdens of the children on him alone to carry.
“It is true I delayed paying bride price but I was planning to pay it in December this year. I was surprised when my father-in-law came and took my wife, Ms. Prize Twikirize even after explaining to him that I was willing to fulfill my traditional obligation,” Laban Sabiti is quoted as having said.
As it stands, he has filed a case of child neglect with the police against his in-law-to-be and her daughter.
Reports indicate that they have 5 children in total — the eldest child is 10 years old and the youngest has not even been weaned off breastfeeding yet.
Meanwhile, Mbarara District senior probation officer, Steven Tumwiine has said that Geoffrey Kakona was wrong in law to have taken his daughter from Laban Sabiti.
According to him, the government has abolished the payment of bride price, so it is unlawful for a father to demand it from a man who intends to marry his daughter.
“According to the laws of Uganda, dowry or bride price was abolished and any person aged 18 years and above has a right to marry a man or woman of her or his choice,” Steven Tumwiine is quoted by Correctng.com as having said.
“So, the old man [Ms. Twikirize’s father] is infringing on the rights of his daughter. The old man is also infringing on the rights of his grandchildren by denying them a chance to have parents.”