Lamu,KENYA: Divorce rates in Lamu County have dropped by a significant margin for the last two years, Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya-CIPK said Wednesday.
CIPK Lamu branch chair Ustadh Abubakar Shekuwe said the cases had gone down from 300 between 2014 and 2015 to less than 10 cases this year.
Speaking in his Lamu office, Shekuwe attributed the situation to efforts by religious leaders who took it upon themselves to preach tolerance and respect among married couples.He said drugs were a major contributor to the increased divorce rates among Lamu residents.
Shekuwe said out of over 30 weddings that would be conducted in a single month, only five marriages would last while the rest would end up in the divorce courts in less than a year.
“We would receive not less than ten divorce requests a week. We would marry over 30 couples but only five of this lasted. But ever since we began educating people on how to make their marriages work through commitment and perseverance, things are changing. The entire year, we only had ten cases of divorce and that is a sign in the right direction,” said Shekuwe.
According to the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics-CICC Lamu chair Mohamed Abdulkadir, married couples are supposed to stay committed to each other in order to be able to bring about the required change and development in their families and in the country.
He also condemned irresponsible spouses whom he said were also a factor contributing to rising divorce cases.
“Men especially have not been taking their responsibly seriously. All these tasks have be left to the women which shouldn’t be the case and when things can no longer hold, a divorce becomes inevitable,” said Abdulkadir.