If You Are Planning a Customary Wedding…

Plan to register it too. Provia Nangobi, the senior public relations officer of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), says customary marriages can be registered at the sub-county chief’s office, the Chief Administration Officer’s (CAO) office or at the URSB, located at Amamu House on George street, Kampala.

“A couple can register their marriage at the sub-county chief’s office if they stay far away from a CAO’s office otherwise, customary marriages outside Kampala should be registered at the CAO’s office. Couples in Kampala are supposed to register their marriages here [URSB],” Nangobi says.

An unregistered customary marriage is not an illegal marriage however, registering your marriage confers on you some benefits.

“It doesn’t mean that an unregistered customary marriage is illegal and unrecognised by the state,” Nangobi says. “But [registering it] saves couples the hustle of registering it when it is urgent to. If a couple wants to travel together, for instance, they won’t need to rush into registering the marriage.”

That and the fact that it saves a couple Shs 20,000 to have their marriage registered within six months of the marriage being contracted. Registering one’s marriage within six months of the marriage costs Shs 20,000 registering it after that costs Shs 40,000.

Source : The Observer

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