President Yoweri Museveni has given daughter of Security Minister, Gen Tumwine and her new husband cows as the newly wed couple celebrated their marriage on Saturday.
This was Saturday at the wedding reception of Ron Kawamara and Cynthia Tumwine at St John’s Cathedral Fort Portal. Cynthia is daughter to Gen Elly Tumwine.
Ron is the chief executive of online retailer, Jumia Uganda. The University of California, Berkeley graduate studied Political Science and International Relations.
- He also holds a Master of Science (MSc), Development Studies from University of Oxford.
President Museveni was represented at the function by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
In his message read by Dr Rugunda, President Museveni urged the young couple to ensure effective communication and to trust in God to ensure a peaceful family.
The President thanked the parents of the bride and groom for raising their children well.
“Today, your children have brought honor to you as parents, because you played your roles diligently by instilling into them the correct values and principles. The seeds of hard work, integrity, respect, patience etc. which you sowed in your children have brought forth a great harvest, as we are witnessing, ” Museveni said.
At the same event, the Bishop of Ruwenzori Dioecese Reuben Kisembo advised parents to stop demanding expensive and costly items for bride price for their daughters to enable young men from poor backgrounds to conduct official marriages.
“Parents should stop this habit of asking too much bride price from your son’s in law for your daughters,” Bishop Kisembo said.
He added: “When you say you are asking bride price because you educated your daughters, remember that even the parents of the young men, educated their sons.”
He said that affordable bride price would enable children from poor families to easily consider marrying officially without cutting corners such as eloping.
Bishop Kisembo also spoke against putting pressure on children and families to throw big and expensive wedding parties.
“I want to tell you that the cost of a wedding party, the size of the cake and type of cameras taking photos don’t determine the quality of marriage you wil have. Be modest, respect each other, trust God “he said.
The function was attended by many high profile people including Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru.
The President gave the new couples a gift of ten cows in cash valued at Shs 10 million.