|Polygamy story not reality but Bigtime Pointer to Lack of Rule of Law in Eritrea!|
28 January 2016
The story 'Eritrean men ordered to marry two wives else face life sentence' that went viral on the internet has neither merit nor can it be real anywhere on this planet!
The purpose, intent, message of the story could only be, rightly so, a bigtime Pointer to the utter lack of the rule of law in Eritrea under Eritrea tyrant Isias Afarqi! No Constitution and will never be as declared by the tyrant in his recent interview with local TV, No legislative body, no elections! Had there been Rule of Law, the story wouldn't have even initiated let alone go viral for so long.
The story has now sent House of Eritrea tyrant into the defensive, distraught, and panic such that the tyrant was forced to cite not a Constitution or a law passed/ratified by a legislature but citations from his 'Book of Government' ala Gaddafi to dispel the polygamy meme!
"Amid the frenzy of tweets, many Eritreans pointed out that the bogus report goes against the recently instituted Penal Code of Eritrea, which practically makes polygamy illegal in the country:
1) Except where polygamy is recognized under civil law in conformity with tradition or religious usage, a person who, being tied by the bond of a valid marriage, intentionally contracts another marriage before the first union has been dissolved or annulled; or
2) Any unmarried person who marries another he knows to be tied by the bond of an existing marriage, is guilty of bigamy, a Class 1 petty offence, punishable with a definite term of imprisonment of not less than 6 months and not more than 12 months, or a fine of 20,001 - 50,000 Nakfas, to be set in intervals of 2,500 Nakfas; or
3) Limitations of criminal proceedings shall be suspended until such time as one of the marriages shall have been dissolved or annulled." Said a statement posted today on the website very closely affiliated to, if not run by the tyrant's propaganda ministry, aka ministry of information itself! "recently instituted Penal Code of Eritrea" passed and ratified by whom? Not an elected legislative body for it is nonexistent! Under Eritrea tyrant Isias Afareqi, Eritrea is run by rumors, hearsay, and diktats of the barrel of the gun!
Yet another website also closely affiliated with Eritrea tyrant talks of 'Eritrean Law' and cites same paragraphs as above! What 'Eritrean Law'? Passed and ratified by whom and when?
Below a twitt by Eritrea tyrant's 'Minister of Information' and the appropriate response!