Relatives Bar Man From Burying Woman Over Bride-price

1724 Views Kibaale, Uganda

In short
A man in Kibaale district found himself unable to bury his wife until he had committed to paying bride price.

A man in Kibaale district found himself unable to bury his wife until he had committed to paying bride price.
 
Abdul Karim Kizulu (40) was barred from burying his deceased wife by her relatives until he reached an agreement to pay the bride price he had never followed through with.
 
The relatives argued that it was against their Kinyarwanda traditional customs to bury Afisa Musabyimaana (28) before her husband paid bride price. Musabyimaana passed away on Tuesday.
 
The relatives said that as the couple had been cohabiting for nearly a year, Kizulu owed her relatives bride price.
 
The peasant farmer and resident of Buramagi village, Igayaza parish, Birembo sub county Kibaale district was asked to pay 300,000 shillings as bride price. He was also asked to provide a gourd of local brew, a goat and a chicken.
 
The relatives were led by an elder in her family Suleiman Ntirenganya who reported their grievances to police at Igayaza police post in order to compel Kizulu to follow the tradition.
 
When Kizulu was unable to raise the money for the requirements, the relatives stopped him from trying to forcefully bury the woman.
 
A stand-off lasting 10 hours ensued as police tried to convince the relatives to let the burial proceed.
 
A compromise was finally reached when Kizulu signed an agreement to the effect that he would meet the bride price requirements by July 30, 2013. Failure to honour the agreement would result in prosecution.
 
Afisa Musabyimaana was finally buried at 9pm.

The Ugandan parliament is currently in the process of debating a Marriage and Divorce Bill. The bill seeks to abolish the payment of bride price. However, the bill has been met with resistance from many quarters.