The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, and Ladywinnie Amoo Okot are now husband and wife, after exchanging vows and hosting guests to a lively reception at Commonwealth Resort hotel, Munyonyo, where culture, fun and pomp reigned.
It was Oulanyah's re-marriage, after he lost his first wife, Dorothy. His children were fully engaged in the Saturday wedding -with two sons accompanying him as groomsmen, while the daughter was one of the flower girls. President Yoweri Museveni, who only attended the church service before leaving in company of his wife, Janet, asked Ladywinnie to treat Oulanyah's children as hers.
"Treat them as one," he said adding: "Come to add to these, not to subtract. In families we need additions, not subtractions."
He also threw in some praise for Oulanyah:
"I don't want to lecturer Jacob Oulanyah on marriage because he knows how to look after wives."
This caused murmur as some people were heard saying: "wives." Oulanyah is known to have been in a monogamous marriage before the loss of his wife. Ladywinnie is a daughter to former MP and Minister Santa Okot. The marriage certificate and order of service read that the wedding took place at All saints Cathedral Nakasero, even though this was at Munyonyo -calling for an explanation.
"The Church isn't only a building; it's the people of God," said Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.
Rev. Can. Stephen Gelenga, one of the officiating clergy, also caused laughter when he kept announcing that, "The bride is now around city square," "now they have reached KPC (Watoto Church) turning to All Saints Cathedral."
The bride reached the venue at 3:03pm, and the couple was proclaimed husband and wife at 3:24pm by Archbishop Ntagali. During Holy Communion, Rev. Gelenga drew more amusement when he said it will only be served to the bride and groom, their entourage and clergy.
"This one is extremely reserved for the couple and the celebrant. Since tomorrow is a Sunday, you will have in your respective churches," he said.
In his sermon Ntagali said the Church under his administration will not change its stand against same sex marriage.
"We have resisted it before and we will continue to do so all the time. We are men and women of the Bible and we will never change."
Oulanyah wore a tuxedo suit with black trousers, white shirt and a cream jacket, a waistband and his trademark bow-tie. The bride also wore a cream gown while the bridal entrourage wore yellow. The reception had an Afroband, but it was the larakaraka and bwola Acholi traditional dances that reigned, with Oulanyah and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi joining in.
At some point, the MC had to plead with them to stop to allow the archbishop to say the opening prayer at the reception. The service was attended mainly by family and friends and a few dignitaries, before the real party got under way.