By Staff Reporter
Chief Mutasa says the proposed amendment to the marriage act undermines the value of roora which is the pillar of any local marriage.
Chief Mutasa told Diamond FM that traditionally when two people are living together, a token usually known as ‘tsvakiraiuno’ is supposed to be paid to the woman’s family so that the man is known to them and they will not be difficulties in the event that the woman dies.
He went on to say that cohabiting can be done as the law suggests but it is not encouraged when nothing has been paid to the woman’s family.
The Marriages Amendment Bill, which was approved by cabinet on Thursday seeks to repeal the Customary Marriages Act (Chapter 5:07) and the Marriages Act (Chapter 5:11) will, among other things, license civil partnerships which are not classified as marriage under current laws.