By DailyNewsUg Correspondent
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected in Uganda this weekend to pay 100 herds of cattle among other gifts, in a hyped dowry ceremony of his son Andile.
Former Prime Minister Rt hon Amama Mbabazi is set to become an in-law at the Mahlamba Ndlopfu, the home of the new President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mbabazi’s niece, Ms. Bridget Birungi Rwakairu who he raised after her father was killed in the 1980s, will soon be exchanging vows with the South African First Son Mr. Andile Ramaphosa, Mbabazi’s family announced yesterday.
The wedding will be preceded by a traditional function known as “Okushaba” which will be held this weekend at Mbabazi’s home on Saturday.
Rwakairu was murdered in 1983 by the UNLA soldiers just five years into his marriage with Mrs Ruhindi.
In a statement, Mbabazi revealed that he and his wife will be giving away their daughter, on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 10 Nyonyi Gardens Kololo, at Rt Hon Amama Mbabazi’s residence.
Bridget holds a post-graduate degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Beijing University of Science and Technology.
She also holds a BSc, Environmental Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University.
She attended Nyakisoroza Primary School, Nyakishenyi (Rukungiri) before joining Nabbingo Primary School (Wakiso) where she completed her PLE.
She completed her O’ level at Gayaza High School and her A’ level at Makerere College School.
The wedding with the South African First Son, is expeoted “later this year.”
The Ramaphosa family is said to have a strong attachment to Uganda.
The South African President owns dozens Ankole cattle, which he purchased from President Yoweri Museveni back in 2004.
Facing tight animal transfer restrictions from his home country, moved the 43 Ankole cows from Museveni and shipped them to Ol Pejeta in Kenya, where they were quarantined.
The cows were artificially inseminated, and the embryos flushed after seven days and sent to South Africa. Here they were transferred to cows, which were then quarantined for two months. Today, there are approximately 100 Ankole breeding cows on his Ntaba Nyoni farm.
The guest list remains a top secret even though security has already been beefed up, in anticipation of a host of top notch dignitaries and politicians from both Kampala and Johannesburg.
“In accordance with culture, the marriage is to be preceded by a traditional ceremony known as ‘Okhusaba’ which shall be held on May 19. The ceremony shall be at 10 Nyanyi Gardens Kololo, at Rt Hon Amama Mbabazi’s residence,” a statement issued by Mbabazi’s family partly reads.
As per the Western Ugandan tradition, Ramaphosa has to lead a team of his family to Uganda, for Kuhingira – traditional marriage – where he will have to give cows and other assortment of gifts to the Mbabazi family as a thank you gesture.