Tanzania's Parliament started its first session of the year yesterday (Tuesday). Among the eight bills?
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Background: Tanzania's Parliament started its first session of the year yesterday (Tuesday). Among the eight bills submitted to the MPs was a controversial plan to bring uniformity to the marriage laws in the country.
The session -- the second since the country's general election last October -- is expected to last about a week. But this will largely depend on the debate generated by the Law of Marriage Bill.
If the Bill becomes law it will set down statutes of wedlock in a land where marriages are currently governed by Moslem and Christian Law, as well as by local custom. It fixes 15 as the youngest age at which a girl can marry in normal circumstances.
But the Bill does not apply to the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, where there were reports last year of girls being married against their will.