Kabaka Ronald Mutebi yesterday said the 47 years of independence being observed today have been laid to waste by unnecessary conflicts. We [Uganda] have spent the 47 years of independence bickering and fighting endlessly which have wrecked development. This is the time to drop such minds and focus on issues which affect our people, he said. Citing leaders instigating the secession of chiefdoms in Buganda through divisive politicking, the king warned the perpetrators that they would not be tolerated. My regime will never consider fighting ethnic battles in this era. We prefer unity for Buganda and Uganda at large, the Kabaka said in his first public address, after holding a maiden crisis meeting with President Museveni in four years, nearly two weeks ago. New marriage law to break families A cross section of religious leaders have denounced the proposals in the recent Marriage and Divorce Bill, saying they degrade the role of religion in marriage. Last week, the Uganda Law Reform Commission introduced a bill to replace the troubled Domestic Relations Bill that included among others, proposals allowing women married to impotent men to divorce them. It also allows for cohabiting couples to have equal rights to property that they have accumulated while staying together and giving the Minister of Justice powers to determine and licence places where marriages can take place. Sheikh Ibrahim Kirya, the Spokesperson of the Mufti Sheikh Zubair Kayongo. Uganda at 47 years: A nation at crossroads? The subject of unity will form the highlight of President Musevenis address to the nation as Uganda celebrates 47 years of freedom from the york of British imperialism. It is a subject that reflects the torrid journey Uganda has travelled since attaining independence on October 9, 1962 when the Union Jack was slowly lowered and up went the new Uganda flag at equal pace. Recent dramatic political developments in the country, including a violent uprising in central Uganda following bitter confrontation between Buganda Kingdom and the central government, and the question of Banyoro versus immigrant Bakiga battling for political and economic power in the oil-rich Bunyoro region, are just some of the critical issues that could have inspired the choice of this years independence day theme: Unity a Key Factor in Protecting Ugandas Destiny and Independence.