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Title: An examination of the Law on the Protection of Matrimonial Property Rights in Uganda.
Authors: Wahwa, Joseph
Keywords: Matrimonial Property Rights
Issue Date: Sep-2018
Publisher: Kampala International University, School of law.
Abstract: This article examines women's rights to property in marriage, upon divorce, and upon the death of a spouse in Uganda, highlighting the problematic aspects in both the state-made (statutory) and non-state-made (customary and religious) laws. It argues that, with the exception of the 1995 Constitution, the subordinate laws that regulate the distribution, management, and ownership of property during marriage, upon divorce, and death of a spouse are discriminatory of women. It is shown that even where the relevant statutory laws are protective of women's rights to property, their implementation is hindered by customary law practices, socialization, and the generally weak economic capacity of many women in the country. The miicle delves into the even weaker position of women's rights to matrimonial property at customary and religious laws. In many homes, wives provide labour to suppoti their husbands without having a stake in the use or monetary benefit from it. Under Islamic law regulating intestate succession to property, the entitlements for widows fall short of the constitutional standards on equality and non-discrimination. Polygyny is widely practiced by Muslims implying that the widows share the one eighth whenever there are children or one fomih in cases when there m·e no children. Radical reforms such as adopting an immediate community property regime instead of the present separate propetiy regime are inevitable if women's rights to property are to advance.
Description: A research dissertation submitted to the School of Law in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of a Diploma in Law of Kampala International University (KIU)
Appears in Collections:Diploma in Law

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