Legal marriages in Uganda.

This includes the different types of marriages:

  1. Civil marriages – These are monogamous in nature and celebrated in the office of the Registrar General for residents of Kampala and in the offices of Chief Administrative Officers for the other 120 districts.
  2. Moslem marriages – These are celebrated in accordance with the rites and observances of the Islamic faith.
  3. Church marriages – They are monogamous in nature and celebrated in licensed churches in accordance with the rites of the Christian faith.
  4. Customary marriages – They are potentially polygamous and are celebrated in accordance with the customs of an African community.
  5. Hindu marriages – These are celebrated in accordance with the rites and observances of the Hindu faith. When is the Marriage Void.
  • 11 (5) Customary Marriage (Registration) Act Cap 248  states that a  customary marriage shall be VOID if one of the parties has previously
    contracted a monogamous (Church or Civil) marriage which is still subsisting.

 

  • 34 Marriage Act Cap 251 states that a Church or Civil marriage shall be INVALID if either of the parties to it at the time of the celebration of
    the marriage is married by customary law to any person other than the person with whom the Church or Civil marriage is had.

 

NB A customary marriage can only be converted into a Church or Civil marriage if the customary marriage is still monogamous and
the parties are the same

  • 1 Marriage and Divorce of Mohammedans Act Cap 252 – The Marriage Act SHALL NOT APPLY to the celebration of marriages between
    persons both of whom profess the Mohammedan religion, and neither of whom is a party to an existing marriage, under or declared valid
    by those Acts, with any person other than a Mohammedan

NB Persons with subsisting Moslem marriages can neither contract valid Church nor Civil Marriages