Marriage services have been suspended after many Kenyans flocked the Attorney General’s office in Nairobi raising fears of spread of Covid-19.
The office had been partially reopened on May 18, 2020 for selected marriage services.
“It was observed that the number of clients who visited Sheria House seeking the same was overwhelming and went against the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in curbing the spread of Covid-19 virus,” Registrar General Mary Njuya said in a statement.
According to her, marriage services will remain suspended until further notice.
This, she said, is to ensure that the AG’s office has adequate time to develop safety measures in line with the MOH directive.
“As a result, the Office has temporary halted all marriage services in order to develop a clear roadmap on reopening in an organized manner as guided by the Ministry of Health and to further ensure that safety measures are undertaken in the workplace,” she said in the notice.
But the department assured all clients that they are working tirelessly to ensure that provision of these services resume as soon as is practically possible and that they will issue a communication upon resumptions of services.
A civil wedding is among the three legal ways to legitimising marriage in Kenya, the others being religious marriage and the traditional customary union.