The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, was on Saturday introduced by longtime fiancée Fridah Nayebale at her parent’s home in Kiruhura District.
Gen Otafiire was led to the family of Mr David Bwizi by Lt Gen Ivan Koreta, the former deputy Chief of Defence Forces, while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) vice president for western region Uganda Amanya Mushega was spokesperson for the Otafiire team.
Minister for Animal Husbandry Bright Rwamirama, Maj Gen Jim Mihwezi and Brig Henry Tumukunde were also part of his entourage to the function where media was denied access. The ceremony was not conducted in the usual elaborate Kinyankore culture. What was initially reported as a mere visitation transformed into an introduction and give-away of Ms Nayebale.
Gen Otafiire went with about 10 people while his father-in-law assembled about 30 people, mainly family members and close relatives.
The minister paid 14 cows as dowry. The function was devoid of pomp and pageantry.
Minimal rituals and performances for introduction and give away were done. The bride was never brought out of the house and the entire function lasted about three hours. Gen Otafiire lost his wife some years ago.
Mr James Rukira, uncle to Ms Nayebale, said Gen Otafiire is a courageous man who gets whatever he wants and likes. He challenged Mr Mushega, who headed the visitors, to go back to NRM government.
“Amanya, you are the one who preached NRM gospel to us. You can’t play the game of FDC, you can’t handle. Come back home, come home and rest from the thing you started, play for remaining years and let the children serve and do the rest,” Mr Rukira said.
Ms Grace Bwizi, the bride’s mother, said: “I want to thank my girl for bringing me her husband. This has come at a short notice. We have also given her away, let’s do it that way; May the God give you blessing in your marriage.”