The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Wedding - Ntaganda Weds in Flashy Display of Cash

E-M plaza owner Ephraim Ntaganda wedded Monica Uwantege Delmas at St Paul's cathedral Namirembe on December 21 under the watchful eye of Bishop Hannington Mutebi at 9am.

They later hosted their guests at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort at a function with more than 1,000 guests. The wedding that reportedly cost the Ntagandas close to 1.4bn, saw the couple spend about Shs 300m on their wardrobes alone. The groom and his best man chose mismatched suits that reportedly cost Shs 70m each.

Monica, who went to Paris for her gown, is said to have spent Shs 160m on the gold-encrusted mermaid gown with ruffled bottom. She accessorised it with a gold choker and matching tiara. Organisers said each invitation card cost Shs 300,000 and their classy 20-page order-of-service booklet printed on golden paper summed it all up. In church, the couple opted for the Prisons band and St John's choir Maganjo.

The couple, who had all tribes of cars in their entourage, chose to use nine modern Mercedes Benz cross-country wagons to make a procession around Kampala that left the city paralyzed.

The groom is a former lecturer at Makerere University, who left to trade in second-hand clothes, before starting a string of businesses that include real estate.

Kasiki

On December 17, Ntaganda organised a stag night (kasiki) at Guvnor. That kasiki will probably go down in history as the best in Uganda. With attendance strictly by invite, at 9pm Guvnor was packed to capacity as people enjoyed the free drinks. All types of liquor were on the house as Ntaganda was ushered in by Bebe Cool and a host of people dressed in light blue shirts at around 10pm.

He proceeded to show off some dancing skills, doing the 'bend-over' as South Africa-based duo of Ivan Semwanga and Eddie Cheune saw the meaning of 'real money'. Businessmen Godfrey Kirumira and Tom Mugenga, as well as Kampala Metropolitan Police boss Andrew Felix Kaweesi were in attendance.

Reception

The Ntagandas hosted their guests at Munyonyo at a function fit for a big politician. The guest list had politicians led by vice president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, businessmen led by Bob Kabonero, family and dignitaries from as far as Rwanda led by Maj Gen James Mugira.

Musicians from all over East Africa graced the wedding on top of cultural troupes and acrobats. Food and drinks were in plenty and afterwards leftovers were seen being taken away yet everyone had eaten to their fill.

The wedding that went on past midnight crowned 2013 as the wedding of the year to many who attended.

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