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Burundi government orders unmarried couples to tie the knot before the end of the year



Looks like there'll be no more baby mamas and  live in lovers in Burundi and their government has ordered every unmarried couple to legalise their union before the end of the year, as a way of checkmating and encouraging morals in their nation.

The administration gave the order on Friday following the launch of a campaign this month by President Pierre Nkurunziza to moralise the society.

The spokesman for Burundi's Interior Ministry, Terence Ntahiraja said the nation was confronting a population blast which he blamed on illegal marriages, polygamy and "many schoolgirls getting pregnant".

He said church and state authorized weddings were the solution. He advised couples to show their love for each other and their nation by getting married.

The administration has since been constraining unwed couples, the nation over to get married.

Pierre, a 27-year-old agriculturist living with his baby mama in Ngozi, said authorities had threatened him with a 50,000 Burundian franc ($25/22 euro) fine, saying any child conceived outside a proper union, would not be qualified for free education and medical expenses.

Pierre says he can't marry his love because he cannot afford the cost of the brideprice requested by his sweetheart's family.
He said:
“She told me she was pregnant. As I am poor, we decided to come together to raise our child.

“We thought we would legalise our union as soon as we could afford it.” 

That was 5 years ago. The couple now have three children and gearing up for the 4th if not stopped.

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