Jennifer, the bride is disappointed.
It was three years ago that the couple met at the Mauritian Open Air Festival in London. They wanted to get married in Mauritius. Alas…
Kevin, a 28 year old resident of Quatre Bornes and Jennifer, a Londoner of 25 year old could not marry civilly on Tuesday, 17th of May due to administrative reasons.
Kevin moved in England for the past ten years where he works on his own. He met Jennifer, manager of a private company three years ago. “I asked Jennifer’s hand. My parents wanted us to get married in Mauritius,” Kevin said.
The couple came to Mauritius and got engaged in December 2015. The necessary procedures were done at the Prime Minister’s Office and the character certificate of Jennifer was also deposited.
In late March 2016, Kevin learnt at civil state that everything was in order. “I announced the good news to Jennifer’s parents. I called at the civil state to set a date in May 2016. An official said it could be done on the 18th of the same month,” said Kevin.
Jennifer then returned to England to solicit a week off work. On 17th of May , relatives and she landed in Mauritius. On Monday, 16th of May, Kevin phoned the civil state officer to confirm that everything is in order. To his surprise, he was informed that the request was rejected. He did not meet the deadline of 90 days from the start of proceedings. “Zot dir depi 14 mars 2016, mo deman finn expire. Me le 31 mars, Zot pa finn inform mwa sa detay la. Okontrer, zot ti dir mwa kouma mo fianse vini, amen li landemin pou fer maryaz sivil,” continued Kevin.
For Jennifer, it’s a big disappointment because traveling to Mauritius have cost her a fortune. She is especially very embarrassed to have brought her family for nothing. She will have to wait for seven days to make a new civil marriage application and will leave before three months to return to marry in Mauritius. “I do not have the choice. I love Kevin and am ready to cross any obstacle,” she said.
They organized a religious ceremony on the 18th of May, 2016. Kevin will stay in Mauritius for the preparation of the civil marriage. “Bann oficye leta sivil bizin get mo dan dosye avan zot repons,” he said.
” It’s the law… “
When asked, a civil registry official says that Kevin was informed that there was a period of three months (90 days) for civil marriage. “The deadline was 14th of March, 2016. We can not do anything. It’s the law,” said the officer.