MBALE – A Ugandan man wants the court to compel the directorate of Citizenship & Immigration to probe his American wife over marriage fraud.
Mr Joseph Magezi and Ms Jeannie Berry Edge marriage took a new twist when the latter divorced after only three months in a marriage.
Mr Magezi also wants the wife [Ms Jeannie Berry] probed overlocking him in holy matrimony for selfish reasons associated with her desire to be domiciled in Uganda through the fake marriage and holy matrimony.
Mr Magezi and Ms Jeanie Magezi entered into Christian marriage at City Victory Church in Mbale and were issued with a certificate No. CVO11/2019 but shortly after getting the certificate Ms Jeannie Berry ordered his husband after only three months to vacate his premises without justification.
And through his lawyers, AM Mwebesa & Company advocates, Mr Magezi wants Ms Jeannie to pay his investment into the marriage expenditure which he alleges amounted to Shs 170.000.000, return his passport, driving permit as well as personal belongings in her custody.
Ms Jeannie Berry in Mbale and she is running Refining Fire Ministry Limited, a company that was founded by Mr Magezi.
In a letter to Ms Jeannie Berry dated July 10, A.Mwebesa and & company advocates said that prior to the marriage, she [Ms Jeannie] asked Mr Magezi to find resources to register and found Refining Fire Ministry Company Limited as a company limited by guarantee.
“And despite his investment, you found an excuse to evict him without prior notice, an act that our client finds wanting and for which he demands answers,” reads the letter of intention to sue seen by PML daily.
Mr Magezi says that when they got married, because of his Christian faith, he requested his wife to abandon the habit of exploiting street children in Mbale to secure donations from overseas for her personal benefit, something he says offended her.
“And following this encounter, you ordered him to vacate your premises without any justification or excuse aware that you had locked him up in a holy matrimony for selfish reasons associated with your desire to be domiciled in Uganda through marriage to our client,” reads a letter dated July 10 by M/S A.Mwebesa &Co advocates copied to Directorate of Citizenship & Immigration control, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, America Embassy and Victory Church in Mbale.
In this file Mr Magezi wants the court to compel the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to start an investigation into alleged fake marriage that was intended to help Ms Beanie Berry be domiciled in Uganda.
According to Osborn’s Concise Law dictionary, domicile means habitation in a place however with an intension of remaining unless something happens to change the intension. A person can only have one domicile in a place that has a separate legal system.
The Black’s Law Dictionary defines domicile as a place at which a person has been physically present and that the person regards as home; a person’s true, fixed, principle and permanent home, to which that person intends to return and remain even though currently residing elsewhere.
Ms Beanie Berry is accused of being part of a marriage scam that paid Mbale City Victory Church to wed her while she sought to gain Ugandan citizenship.
When reached for a comment, Ms Jeannie Berry denied marrying Mr Magezi and maintained that he was just a boyfriend.
“I don’t want to discuss my relationship with Mr Magezi in the media, Mr Magezi was just a boyfriend and please call me later and we meet,” said Ms Jeannie Berry before giving the phone to somebody else in the background to speak to this reporter.