The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Kasese Mayor Weds

The day Kasese municipality mayor Godfrey Kabyanga took his sweetheart Rebecca Nanfuma, the assistant manager at Centenary bank (Kasese branch), to the altar will always be etched in his memory.

It was a wonderful day, made more memorable by the South Rwenzori Diocese bishop, Jackson Nzerende, who presided over the ceremony at St. Paul's cathedral Kamaiba.

After tying the knot, the couple later hosted their guests to a feast at Kasese Golf Club where dignitaries from the district made up most of the numbers.

The two met at Makerere University seven years ago where they were students and Nanfuma says that in Kabyanga, she saw all the qualities she wanted in a husband.

She said when Kabyanga proposed to lead her to the altar, she thought it was a joke, that is, until he set a date for a traditional marriage.

"When he proposed, I thought it was those pranks university students like pulling but because we were deeply in love, I kept quiet and waited for whatever would happen," Nanfuma says.

"Kabyanga was my best friend when still at the university; he was so friendly and offered me whatever I asked for from him. Most of my colleagues did not know that we were even dating; some thought we were siblings while others thought we were simply friends."

Kabyanga says many of his relatives and friends thought he would marry a fellow Mukonjo; so, his option must have baffled them.

"Most of my relatives tasked me to explain why I had defied culture by marrying outside Rwenzururu but I had seen the wife of my choice and nobody could influence me to abandon Nanfuma," Kabyanga said.

At the time he met Nanfuma, Kabyanga was serving in the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu as the finance minister. All the glitter aside, the wedding perhaps will be remembered for the political nature it took. At speech time, one would be forgiven to think the gathering was a political rally - speaker after speaker praised the mayor for his works and politics was the byword.

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