Divorce is on the rise in Rwanda and at an unprecedented pace.
A report released on Friday indicates that in 2018, nationwide divorce cases filed to court increased by 1900% from 69 in 2017 to 1311 in 2018.
The details were revealed by the Chief Justice, Prof. Sam Rugege, while he unveiled.
He said that the number of cases rose in primary courts, adding that in 2016, there were 21 cases, 69 in 2017 and 1311 in 2018.
Kicukiro Primary Court comes first among courts that issued many divorce certificates compared to other districts; at least 210 families.
Gasabo Primary Court issued 190, while Nyarugenge Primary Court issued 157 divorce papers.
Chief Justice Rugege added that when people decide to end their marriage, there is nothing to do because they have to divorce, but there should be a way of tracking the family in case of problems so that they do not have to kill each other.
Sometimes, he further said, divorce process is done fast, but it is often a matter of sharing wealth that delays the trial until the case is taken to high court.
He says that this should not be the case but people are supposed to talk to a family or assisted by their friends or family heads so that their problems can be settled without necessarily being taken to court.
“Often, when cases are taken to courts, many people go back home dissatisfied and that is not what we want,” he said.