By Eddie Ssejjoba
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has rooted for stronger family ties, urging friends and relatives to always support and not work to break marriages of newly-wedded couples.
He says many families crumble after a short time because some people, supposedly friends to the couple, go on to say ill things behind their back.
Such third-party relationships, according to the VP, sometimes lead to the breaking of marriages.
“Each one of us should play a role to strengthen and put families and marriages together,” he said, while speaking at a wedding reception of Kampala businessman and member of the Kwagalana Group, Ephraim Ntaganda.
The businessman married Monica Uwantege, a cousin to UPDF political commissar, Col. Felix Kulaigye who also attended the function.
“No one lives devoid of mistakes, and marriages are not made in a desert. If couples commit errors, please talk and advise them instead of dividing them,” advised the vice president.
He said Constitution and the Bible both recognize the family as a pillar for a stable marriage and so no one should be given a chance to work towards its disintegration.
He told men to handle their wives with care and give them enough love for a strong relationship, going on to pledge support for the Ntagandas.
Members of the Kwagalana group, led by Godfrey Kirumira helped finance and organize the wedding.
Earlier, the bishop of Butare diocese in Rwanda, Nathan Gasatura who presided over the wedding at Namirembe Church, acknowledged the couple for remaining united in diversity.
He mentioned that although their parents came from Rwanda, they had remained and maintained their culture.
He asked the newly-weds to put in practice the main principles of love that include giving one another quality time and deep love, making abrupt surprises, forgiving and asking for forgiveness and appreciating even small things.