By Daily Monitor
Nearly 1,000 couples whose marriages that were blessed at an Anglican church in Kampala are in panic after information surfaced yesterday that their matrimonies were not duly registered as required by law.
Clergymen familiar with the problem admitted that weddings were conducted at the Church of the Resurrection Bugolobi between 2006 and 2016 when the religious institution had not been officially gazetted to administer the holy marriages.
As a result, none of the purported nuptials has been registered with the Office of the Registrar General at Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), meaning they have no legal effect.
“Before a church can conduct a wedding, it should have a licence issued by the Minister of Justice. Any wedding conducted when it’s not registered will be rejected. You can call it illegal [marriage],” Ms Provia Nangobi, the URSB spokesperson, said.
Under Section 5 of Uganda’s Marriage Act 1904, “the minister (of Justice) may license any place of public worship to be a place for the celebration of marriages, and may at any time cancel such licence, and in either case he or she shall give notice thereof in the Gazette” Read more…