Today I woke up to the news that government of Eritrea is now asking men to marry at least two wives. Val on #TheLateDate receives messages of men searching for love. If I were single and in need of a wife or girlfriend, my friend I would run to Eritrea as fast as I can!
“Based on the law of God in polygamy, and given the circumstances in which the country is experiencing in terms of men shortage, the Eritrean department of Religious Affairs has decided on the following .”
“First that every man shall marry at least two women and the man who refuses to do so shall be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.”
“The woman who tries to prevent her husband from marrying another wife shall be punished to life imprisonment,”
The memo also outlines that failure to comply attracts a life imprisonment sentence with hard labour.
The May 1998 to June 2000 Eritrean-Ethiopian war saw 150,000 soldiers killed from either sides but having a bigger impact on male population in the tiny Eritrea nation who were then just 4million people in total. This resulted into an acute shortage of men occasioned by casualties during the civil war.
I share the feelings of Ugandans who have received the news of mandatory polygamy by men in Eritrea with a mix of bewilderment and excitement.
By Tukundane Yonna