Tanzania's Parliament started its first session of the year yesterday (Tuesday). Among the eight bills?
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.