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    THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF KENYA, MR. CHARLES NJONJO, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF A?

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    MR. NJONJO'S OFFICE; MR. NJONJO READS STATEMENT.



    TRANSCRIPT: MR. NJONJO: "THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW DECIDED THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMISSION ON THE LAW OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD OF ENSURING THAT OUR COUNTRY WILL HAVE A LAW WHICH WILL MEET THE PEOPLE'S REQUIREMENTS. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE SECURED THE SERVICES OF MR. JUSTICE SPRY OF THE COURT OF APPEAL FOR EASTERN AFRICA TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THIS ALL IMPORTANT COMMISSION. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE OTHER MEMBERS WERE CAREFULLY SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE VARIOUS RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC GROUPS OF KENYA AND OTHER INTERESTED SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY. AT PRESENT THERE ARE A VARIETY OF MARRIAGE LAWS AFFECTING THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES OF KENYA IN DIFFERENT WAYS. MARRIAGE UNDER THE MARRIAGE ACT, THE PRINCIPAL ENACTMENT DEALING WITH MARRIAGE, IS OPEN TO ALL PERSONS IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE OR RELIGION. THE AFRICAN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE ACT PROVICES A SIMPLE PROCEDURE FOR THE MARRIAGE OF CHRISTIAN AFRICANS AND FOR THE CONVERSION OF A CUSTOMARY MARRIAGE INTO A STATUTORY MONOGAMOUS MARRIAGE. THE LAW OF DIVORCE AND MATRIMONIAL CAUSES RELATING TO PERSONS WHO MARRY UNDER THESE TWO ACTS IS CONTAINED IN THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ACT WHICH IS GENERALLY BASED ON ENGLISH LAW. THE LAW OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE GOVERNING HINDUS IS CONTAINED IN THE HINDU MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE ACT AND MUSLIMS ARE GOVERNED BY THE ISLAMIC LAW OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE BY VIRTUE OF THE MOHAMMEDAN MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND SUCCESSION ACT. THE EXISTENCE WITHIN KENYA OF THIS VARIETY OF MARRIAGE LAWS CREATES NUMEROUS PROBLEMS OF CONFLICT AND ADMINISTRATION. WHILST OUR CONSTITUTION PERMITS DIFFERENTIATION IN TREATMENT OF SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY IN REGARD TO LEGISLATION DEALING WITH MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND OTHER MATTERS OF PERSONAL LAW, THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT SUCH RADICAL DISTINCTIONS AS EXIST AT THE PRESENT TIME IN KENYA ARE DESIRABLE IF WE ARE TO INTEGRATE THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE INTERESTS OF BUILDING ONE NATION. UNIFORMITY IN MARRIAGE LEGISLATION, IS, MOREOVER, BECOMING MORE PRESSING AT A TIME WHEN MARRIAGES BETWEEN THE
    VARIOUS COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING PLACE WITH INCREASING FREQUENCY."




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    Background: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF KENYA, MR. CHARLES NJONJO, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF A COMMISSION TO DRAT A NEW MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE LAW FOR ALL CITIZENS OF KENYA.

    THE COMMISSION CHAIRMAN IS MR. JUSTICE SPRY OF THE EASTERN AFRICAN APPEAL COURT. ONE MEMBER IS MISS MARGARET KENYATTA, DAUGHTER OF PRESIDENT KENYATTA.

    THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THAT WITH INCREASING INTER-MARRIAGE, THE PRESENT VARIETY OF MARRIAGE LAWS FOR DIFFERENT RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES CREATED PROBLEMS, EVEN THOUGH THE PRINCIPAL MARRIAGE ACT ALREADY APPLIED TO ALL. HE SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQMJ3DC38QPUPYDGB4UYJOXL
    Media URN:
    VLVACQMJ3DC38QPUPYDGB4UYJOXL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:07:00
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    N/A

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