Ugandans support Court’s ruling of ordering a woman to pay her EX

In Summary
  • Court ordered a woman to pay back her ex lover for breaching a marriage promise.
  • Some Ugandans say that the court was not fair.
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Following  the court ruling that ordered a woman to pay back her ex husband over  Shs10M  for breaching a marriage promise ,Ugandans say that the ruling was good and it will be a  lesson to fellow women as others note that, it wasn't fair.

The Chief Magistrate’s Court of Kanungu ordered Fortunate Kyarikunda  who dumped her lover that had sponsored her studies to refund shs 9.4M spent on her and also  pay legal costs.

The Magistrate Grade One ,Asanasio Mukobi delivered the ruling following a successful application by the plaintiff ,Richard Tumwine.

Court documents showed that Tumwine in 2015 while he was a teacher at Kiringa Primary School met Kyarikunda who had come to the same school for teaching practice  and in the due course they started a love relationship.

Eventually the pair entered a promise to marry in 2018 while at the same time Tumwine committed to supporting the defendant’s studies at Law Development Centre (LDC), the studies which cost him Shs 9.4M.Kyarikunda refused to marry Tumwine which led to the ruling

Capital radio talked to some Ugandans about the ruling and also asked them whether its right to take back gifts back to an ex once the relationship fails ,Nankya Ritah a resident of Kawempe stated that it  was fair and it will teach other women to work so hard for their well being instead of wanting for favors from men.

She also asked courts of law to strengthen family and marriage laws if it’s to promote peace in the society.

Kamya Frobser who resides in Makindye agreed with Nankya and warned women  to stop wasting men's time and money.

Kamya also advised women to always focus on gradually developing their careers so that they get in positions of financing themselves and avoid such scandals

Unlike Kamya and Nankya, Namugenyi Joan a resident of Bwaise  condemned court for engaging in other people's love lives , she said that this denies  room for lovers to forgive each other and get back together.

However she stressed  that women should stop counting on men's money but rather find all means of working .

Just like Namugenyi ,Nsimbe Rashid a resident of Kyanja wasn't happy with what the court decided explaining that men are responsible to spend money on women they love ,whether they will marry them or not .

Nsimbe also revealed that men spend on women willingly therefore failure to marry them shouldn't be paid for. 

He added that men as well waste women's time and also lie them but they never pay for it therefore the ruling wasn't fair.

Meanwhile  about the court document , it continued to read that the Plaintiff financially supported the defendant including sponsoring her for a Diploma in Law at LDC .He spent shs 9,439,100.

After agreeing to arrange an introduction ceremony in February 2022,Tumwine told the Court that Kyarikunda turned down the proposal  reasoning that he was too old for her.

“On 10th January, 2022, the two persons arranged for an introduction ceremony and a budget was drawn with the function slated for February 2022. The defendant later turned against the plaintiff saying she cannot marry an old man hence this suit,” the court document stated.

Consequently, a disappointed Tumwine ran to court seeking reimbursement of the funds he had spent on her prior to the failed relationship. He also sought general damages to the  tune of Shs1m from the defendant.

According to the court, Kyarikunda was served with court processes but failed to file a defense to the suit, hence granting Tumwine an order to proceed with the suit.

Court decides

Following a court sitting on Wednesday,  Mukobi, ruled in favour of Tumwine and ordered Kyarikunda to refund Shs9.4 he spent on her, saying she had breached the promise to marry.

“Consequently, I hold that since the promise to marry was not fulfilled by the defendant to the detriment of the plaintiff, then the plaintiff is entitled to reimbursement of his Shs9,439,100 spent on her,” Mukobi ruled.

The court further ruled that Kyarikunda pays Shs1m in general damages to Tumwine for inconveniences and psychological anguish. She was also ordered to pay legal costs.

“I find that this is a proper case in which the plaintiff should be awarded the costs of the suit to be paid by the defendant. I so order.” the judge ordered