By Robert K James
It was an unusual day on Saturday 13th April 2019; the security was quite tight as our neighbours from Kenya rocked Mbarara where President Museveni’s niece, Rosette Barungi, introduced her fiancé at a glamorous traditional wedding.
The beautiful kuhingira was graced with the prince of ministers from the central government, army generals and ambassadors as well as Members of Parliament.
The head of state was represented by the first son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba as Barungi acquainted her family members, friends and loved ones with her better half, William Mugambi, a Kenyan tycoon and the director of Betln Kenya.
The ceremony went down in the land of milk in Rubaya Sub-county in the county of Kashaari at the bride’s parents’ countryside home. Barungi is a daughter to the late Ephraim Rwakanengyere, a former police officer, who served his country with grace and honor before his demise in 2014.
The bride was true to her routes as she elegantly clad in a traditional lace suuka and top, plus a satin gold skirt while Mugambi opted for a classy and stylish bow tie suit.
And as the norm is in the Ankole culture that a bride is sent off during the kuhingira ceremony with something to help start a new life with her husband, Muhoozi presented President Museveni’s gift of cash said to be in the region of KShs10 million, (about Shs370 million).
According to www.tuko.co.ke, Muhoozi delivered his father’s message to the couple. “You are in our prayers and we know you will build a successful family and build a successful future because the foundation that you are from has shown us what you can be.”
The couple, who are already blessed with three children met in the United Kingdom according to the William (the groom) who revealed to the same website that he and his wife had known each other for close to 20 years.
“I was in London where I was working while she had just finished her studies. We went on to live in the United Kingdom. We are blessed with three beautiful daughters and she is my best friend,” Mugambi is quoted to have said.
We can safely say that with this union, the ties between Uganda and Kenya are a knot tighter, so congratulations Rosette and William. We wish you all the best.