The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Nabinson Kidega says his office has got numerous complaints from young men about the exorbitant bride price imposed on them by their in-laws. Kidega says the vice has discouraged many young from marrying their spouses.
Cultural and political
leaders in Acholi sub-region have decried the exorbitant bride prices charged
in the region. They say the bride prices are abnormally high and don’t reflect
the culture of the Acholi people.
The Lamwo Resident District Commissioner, Nabinson Kidega
says his office has got numerous complaints from young men about the exorbitant
bride price imposed on them by their in-laws. Kidega says the vice has discouraged many young
from marrying their spouses. He says there is need for the Acholi cultural
institution to intervene and restore sanity in traditional marriages.
According to Kidega, majority of men in the
region are financially unstable, adding that with such high demand from girl’s
parents, most of them may end up living single lives. “Our young men are no longer marrying because
they can’t afford the high bride prices being asked from them, this region has
been at war for two decades and people are just recovering. We want the
cultural institution to help out these young men through regulation of ride
prices,” Kidega said.
Yusuf Adek, the Pageya Clan Chief told URN in an
interview on Monday that majority of people in the region have copied the
lavish traditional weddings from Central Uganda. He says as traditional leaders
they are trying to liaise with the various local government leaders to ensure
that bride prices are regulated through enactment of ordinances.
According to Adek, possibilities of regulating
bride prices can only be possible if government recognizes the powers of
traditional chiefs. Adek says marriage has completely lost meaning in Acholi
region because people are taking it in their own way, adding that policies and
guidelines of the various clans are no longer respected by subjects.
He also called for unity among cultural leaders
in Acholi so as to come up with a common voice against the vice. Speaking over
the weekend at the launch of the Acholi Cultural festival in Kitgum
Municipality, the Acholi Paramount Chief, David Onen Acana II, said traditional
marriages have become a show off.
He wondered why people in the region are going
against their culture, which ushers them towards starting a family built on
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Acana says despite the presence of guidelines
regulating traditional marriages in the region, most people opt for what they
think suits them better.
He says cultural leaders have faced criticism and even
at worst been arrested by their own subjects for trying to come up with
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While delivering the end of year message last
year, Acana said the cultural institution is moving towards drafting a by law
to streamline payment of bride price among his subjects.