60-year-old Ugandan Man Arrested for visiting his in-laws to marry their daughter empty handed

60-year-old Ugandan Man Arrested After Failing to Deliver Bride Price to In-Laws. PHOTO COURTESY
60-year-old Ugandan Man Arrested After Failing to Deliver Bride Price to In-Laws. PHOTO COURTESY

A 60-year-old Ugandan man, Samuel Maikut has been arrested for visiting his in-laws to marry their daughter empty handed.

He told them he wanted a traditional marriage, and everything was ready. His in-laws spent $2,100 on the event, only for him to show up empty handed.

Mr. Samuel Maikut, a resident of Kitawoi Sub-county in Kween District, faced legal repercussions when he attended an introduction ceremony at his in-laws’ place without presenting the expected bride price.

Despite the initial agreement specifying that the groom should bring four cows, three goats, and other items, Mr. Maikut arrived at the bride’s home in Bukwo District without any offerings.

The father-in-law, Mr. Christopher Ngania, voiced his disappointment and explained that they had initially considered a combined takeaway ceremony, but Mr. Maikut declined.

The scheduled introduction on December 2 was delayed, causing frustration among the gathered community members. When Mr. Maikut eventually arrived, he faced interrogation, and due to the community’s hostility, the police were called to take him into custody.

During an interview with Radio 9 FM, Mr. Maikut took accountability for the situation, expressing regret and apologizing for any inconvenience caused.

He acknowledged the challenges in organizing his visit and mentioned a team that was responsible for the arrangements.

Mr. Ngania highlighted that the incomplete agreements encompassed dowry negotiations, including financial aspects. The chairman of Kapsumbata Clan, Mr. Alfred Chebet, disclosed that Mr. Maikut had not informed the clan leadership about his preparations.

Additionally, Mr. Kibet Yovan, chairperson of Kapsayoy Cell, asserted that Mr. Maikut had not fulfilled any items for the bride price.

Following a meeting in Bukwo District, it was decided to suspend further discussions until Mr. Maikut settles a payment of Shs3 million, with the overall preparations estimated at Shs8 million.

Mr. Maikut, the widower, agreed to fulfill the amount by December 30. The meeting involved local leaders, neighbors, and representatives from both clans.

It’s important to highlight that, in accordance with Ugandan laws, dowry or bride price has been abolished, allowing individuals aged 18 and above the freedom to marry a person of their choice.

Last year, Ms. Peace Mutuuzo, the State Minister for Gender and Culture, clashed with Sebei elders over the cultural practice, advocating against bride price.

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