Love stuck Ugandan man sues country's largest churches for having too many tight demands in his quest to say ‘I do’

The demands has all proved too much for Mr Aboneka and he hopes the Court can come to its rescue and tame the church.

  • Michael Aboneka has filed a case against the Watoto Church at constitutional court, saying the church’s marriage pre-conditions he had to meet before walking down the aisle with his bride were too tight and violated his rights.
  • The demands has all proved too much for Mr Aboneka and he hopes the Court can come to its rescue and tame the church.
  • He now wants the court to issue an injunction which would stop the church from continuing with the tough practice until the matter has been decided.

Michael Aboneka has filed a case against the Watoto Church at constitutional court, saying the church’s marriage pre-conditions he had to meet before walking down the aisle with his bride were too tight and violated his rights.

Mr. Aboneka argued the church had asked him to present a letter of consent from her parents, a pastor’s endorsement of fitness for marriage, evidence of his HIV status - tested at one of the specified hospitals - and a counselling report, issued by the hospital

‘’I can’t get married under those conditions," he said. "My conscience won’t allow me to do that.

The demands has all proved too much for Mr Aboneka and he hopes the Court can come to its rescue and tame the church.

"I have a duty to bring to the attention of the court any irregularities and any unconstitutional practices, and that is why I am before the constitutional court."

In his affidavit, Mr Aboneka cites a number of sections of the constitution which he says are violated by the pre-conditions set by the church before a couple can tie the knot - including the right to privacy and the right for the woman to decide who to marry.

He now wants the court to issue an injunction which would stop the church from continuing with the tough practice until the matter has been decided.

The church has now less than two weeks to respond to the case filed at the constitutional court. Thereafter, the court is expected to set a date for hearing.

Due to its Man vs Religion nature, the case has elicited a huge reaction in Uganda.

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