Wednesday February 14 2018

Government sponsors eight couples for Valentine's Day wedding

One of the couples that benefitted from the

One of the couples that benefitted from the government support at the wedding ceremony at the Registrar General's office in Kampala on February 14, 2018. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE 

By Stephen Otage

As lovers criss-crossed the city on Wednesday shopping for gifts to exchange with each other, government decided to honour and sponsor eight couples for Valentine's Day wedding.

By 11:00am, the 5th floor of the Registrar General's office at Georgian house on George Street, was filled to capacity by the bridal entourages of the wedding couples waiting for the ceremony which was presided over by Ms Mercy Kainobwisho, the director intellectual property.

"The government through the office of the registrar general, conducts civil marriages which are recognized under the law. You only pay Shs260, 000 for registration and you give us three weeks’ notice," she told the couples that showed up for the ceremony.

The couples entailed Ugandans and Eritreans who made their vows at the Registrar General's office.

According to Ms Kainobwisho, they decided to hype today's event because it fell on St. Valentine's day--a day of love and besides the wedding, they were sponsoring the couples with a dinner at Protea Hotel.

Asked how much they had spent on the couples, she said the dinner budget was got off their workshops and hotel budget and only 20 guests had been planned for.

An ordinary wedding in Kampala costs about Shs20 million. A Kampala wedding entails a convoy of hired vehicles which costs not less than Shs1million to move guests from the church to reception venue which in most cases is also hired.

Several meetings have to be held where relatives, friends and in-laws of the couples are pestered to contribute towards the event.

Quite often, the married couples go into their honeymoon while in debts because of loans that were taken to arrange for the event, one of the possible reasons for government support.

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