PHOTOS: 72 UPDF Soldiers in Mass Wedding

cheapest geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The military training center through the foggy afternoon rang with wedding bells, music and merrymaking.

The occasion that saw 72 soldiers’ marriages legalized, some in their 60’s and 70’s, was made possible by the Defense Forces, in partnership with private companies, individual donations from the public, and was officiated by local religious leaders.

Pastor Rwomushana of Masindi Miracle centre performing the engagement ceremony

39 couples of the catholic denomination were wedded by Rev Fr. Norbert Otim of St Jude Parish Masindi, 21 Anglicans by Bishop William Kasangaki, 4 of Muslim faithful by Sheik Hassan Muhamood, while the other 8 born-again Pentecostal couples were pronounced by Ps Michael Kyazze and other local pastors and husband and wife.

The newlyweds were profoundly gratified and praised the Defense forces for organizing such a historical event, the first of its kind in the army’s history.


Gen Elly Tumwiine (R) and former Minister, Kabakumba Masiko at the function

“I have waited for this for years,” said one, there couldn’t be a better present for my wife who has stood with me for the last 34 years, waiting for me from endless missions.”

Another groom Col Kyambadde also stressed: “Our wives for all this time have lived without security. In most cases when our colleagues pass on, their wives behind with children while all the deceased’s savings are property are sharing amongst greedy relatives.

Chief of Defense Forces Gen Katumba Wamala also emphasized the importance of the marriage certificates in resolving family squabbles that arise in the event of death of a UPDF soldier.

Bishop George William Kasangaki signing on the marriage certificates

Describing the brides as ‘regimental wives,’ Gen Katumba noted, “If anyone now tried to come and kick any of these out of their homes because their husband is dead, the army would have to come in because we have all witnessed their union.”

He urged the grooms to love and defend their wives and families and not to abandon their responsibilities since their biggest burden has been taken care of. I his absentia, President Yoweri Museveni supported the newlyweds with sh20million.

A couple exchanging vows

Couples serving cakes to guests

A couple cutting a cake

CDF Gen Katumba Wamala congratulating the couples upon their marriage

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