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CUSTOMARY MARRIAGE (REGISTRATION) ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

PART II
MARRIAGE DISTRICTS AND REGISTRARS.

   2.   Marriage districts.

   3.   Appointment of registrars.

Registration of customary marriages.

   4.   Celebration of customary marriages.

   5.   Customary marriage register book.

   6.   Registration of customary marriages.

   7.   Customary marriage certificate.

   8.   Registration of customary marriage out of time.

   9.   Registration of marriage settlement.

   10.   Evidence of a certificate of customary marriage.

Validity of marriage.

   11.   Void marriages.

   12.   Customary marriage and monogamous or Muslim marriage.

   13.   Validity of customary marriage not affected by subsequent marriage.

Registrar General's duties.

   14.   Registrar General's duties.

   15.   Monthly returns.

   16.   Searches.

   17.   Certified copies.

   18.   Correction of errors.

Offences and penalties.

   19.   False statements for purposes required by this Act.

   20.   Failure to register customary marriage.

PART III
PRELIMINARIES TO MARRIAGES OF PERSONS NOT BELONGING TO ANY INDIGENOUS TRIBE OF UGANDA.

   21.   Notice of marriage.

   22.   Signature of notice by person unable to write or to understand English.

   23.   Registrars to supply forms of notice.

   24.   Notice to be entered in customary marriage notice book and published.

   25.   Registrar General to issue certificate on proof of conditions by affidavit.

   26.   Minister's power to grant licence to marry.

   27.   Caveat may be entered against issue of certificate.

   28.   Objections by persons outside Uganda.

   29.   When caveat entered, question to be referred to court.

   30.   Removal of caveat.

   31.   Compensation and costs.

Consent to marriage in certain cases necessary.

   32.   Consent to marriage of minors.

   33.   Signature of consent by person unable to write or to understand English.

   34.   Consent may be obtained from outside Uganda.

   35.   Non-applicability of provisions.

PART IV
MISCELLANEOUS.

   36.   Regulations.

   37.   Registration of customary marriages celebrated before commencement of this Act.

   38.   Customary marriages registered at gombolola headquarters.

      First Schedule   Marriage districts for registration of customary marriages.

      Second Schedule   Prohibited degrees of kinship.

CHAPTER 248
CUSTOMARY MARRIAGE (REGISTRATION) ACT.

Commencement: 1 October, 1973.

   An Act to make provision for the registration of customary marriages and for other purposes connected therewith.

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "certificate" means a customary marriage certificate;

   (b)   "customary marriage" means a marriage celebrated according to the rites of an African community and one of the parties to which is a member of that community, or any marriage celebrated under Part III of this Act;

   (c)   "date of marriage" means the date of the registration of the marriage;

   (d)   "guardian" includes a parent or any person in loco parentis;

   (e)   "Minister" means the Minister to whom functions under this Act are assigned;

   (f)   "monogamous marriage" means a marriage between a man and a woman by which neither of them during the subsistence of the marriage shall be at liberty to contract any other form of marriage with any other person;

   (g)   "monthly returns" means the returns made by registrars to the Registrar General under section 15;

   (h)    "prescribed" means prescribed by the Minister by statutory order;

   (i)   "register" means any register kept under this Act;

   (j)   "registrar" has the meaning assigned to it by section 3 and includes a deputy registrar;

   (k)   "Registrar General" means a public officer appointed under section 1 of the Marriage Act to act as Registrar General of Marriages.

PART II
MARRIAGE DISTRICTS AND REGISTRARS.

2.   Marriage districts.

   (1) Every subcounty, the city of Kampala, the municipalities of Jinja, Masaka and Mbale and every township specified in the First Schedule to this Act shall be a marriage district for the purpose of the registration of customary marriages under this Act.

   (2) The Minister may, by statutory order—

   (a)   alter, amalgamate or subdivide the marriage districts as he or she may think fit;

   (b)   amend the First Schedule to this Act.

3.   Appointment of registrars.

   All subcounty chiefs and the town clerks of the city of Kampala, the municipalities of Jinja, Masaka and Mbale and of the townships specified in the First Schedule to this Act shall be registrars for their respective marriage districts.

Registration of customary marriages.

4.   Celebratio

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