By Ambrose Kweronda
A man in Rubanda district is stranded five children, including a toddler, after failing to meet dowry demands
Sabiti Laban, 29, a prominent businessman in Ruhija sub-county, Rubanda district told www.mknewslink.com that his wife Prize Twikirize was on Wednesday last week taken away by her father after he failed to pay dowry worth Shs 6 million shillings.
Sabiti Laban is a prominent businessman in Bishayu, Kitojo Ruhija Sub County in Rubanda District said that he has been married to his wife for the last 11 years.
“My father-in-law visited me without informing me, and demanded his remaining dowries immediately or else take her daughter. I requested his patience for three months, but he directed her to sit on a waiting Boda Boda. I had cut chicken for him but he rejected it. “Sabiti Laban said.
According to Laban, his father in-law directed her daughter to leave behind their last born who’s less than a year old because she was married off without a child eleven years ago.
“When my father in law told her to board the motorcycle, she attempted to go with her baby, but the father reacted furiously saying she was married alone. Am now stuck with this baby who is breastfeeding yet her mother is away,” Sabiti Laban said.
When our reporter contacted Mr. Kakona Geoffrey, the father in-law to Mr. Laban, he accepted to have taken back her daughter until his son in-law pays all dowry balances.
“She’s my daughter and has produced children. Will he ever pay me my dowries before I act? Let him pay, that’s it. When I visited them demanding dowry they said they don’t have. When I demanded my transport to take me back, they also didn’t have.” Mr. Kakona said.
Twikirize prize is now at his father’s home in Kirima, Bushuura in Kanungu District.
A case of child desertion has been opened at Ruhija Police station under file number SD REF 05/18/08/2021.
Paying dowry is a practice that is particularly entrenched among some Ugandan ethnic groups, especially in western, east and northern areas of the country. The negotiations over payment take place between male representatives of the two families – women are not allowed to take part.
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