Musicians earned more singing one song at the meetings than they would at up-country tours. A sh1b wedding: who is kidding who? Cue the envy and ecstasy. Many haters in Kampala and in the diaspora drew their claws and sliced into the then impending wedding of Flex Kabuye Kayanja and his wife Mable Nakamanya.
There was a lot of fanfare to usher in the sh1b wedding. Reports abound of how the wedding meetings at Hotel Africana, chaired by tycoon Godfrey Kirumira, were just another excuse to make merry. Pictures obtained by The Kampala Sun tell a story of wedding meetings laden with free champagne, exotic wines and Hennessey.
Our source who attended the lively meetings filled with pomp tells a story of local musicians and shrewd Kampalans who discovered a goldmine in attending those wedding meetings.
“They don’t look worth a billion shillings. The groom’s suit itself doesn’t look designer. It is from Kiyembe. The bouquet of flowers actually hurt the eyes. Is it the big shots whose attendance inflated the wedding to sh1b?” one wrote. Another person wrote in: “The cost of that wedding could only shoot to sh1b if the reception was organised on the moon.
Was the wedding worth that much or that is what you were told?” Well, the dust has since settled on the wedding and Kampala Sun exclusively brings you a breakdown of who contributed what, and who shocked with a measly contribution. From the contribution list alone, Flex Kabuye raised over sh250m from an array of friends. These wee mainly fellow tycoons, politicians, musicians, family and the diaspora. In total, Kabuye received pledges from 66 people with the least offer being sh400,000.
At the kickoff of the meetings, Kabuye presented a budget of sh1.5b and readily had sh800m. Shockers Isn’t it shocking that Hajji Bulaimu Mukasa Kibirige (BMK) the owner of Hotel Africana offered ‘only’ sh1m when colleagues in his league offered up to sh20m? They held the meetings at his hotel and blew most of it there.
We are also shocked that Meddie Ssebagala of Ssebagala & Sons, Joseph Yiga Magandaazi (JOMAYI) and the big talking Richard
Nalima could offer only sh1m, which were among the least pledges. MPs represented Members of Parliament were generous in giving and their deep pockets manifested in Hon. Lubyayi Kisiki’s sh5m. Hon. Maria Mutagamba gave sh1.6m, while Hon. Grace
Kirumira gave a modest sh2m as did her co-wife Susan. Hon James Badda also gave sh2m.
Deep pockets It never came as a shocker this one. As Best Man to the groom, Tom Kaaya of Kaki Investments contributed a whopping sh50m and 12 Friesians. Hot on his heels with an offer of $15,000 (sh37.5m) and 10 Friesians was Esther Akampumuza of Dynapharm and Serene Suites. Property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia offered sh25m. Godfrey Kirumura gave sh20m as did Al Hajji Habib Kagimu, sh20m. Noteworthy were Kira Town Council Mayor Mamerito Mugerwa with sh10m and James Kibuuka Mulowooza (sh15m).
Mukono’s Mayor Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga offered sh5m. Musicians When you expected the musicians to pledge coins, they turned up with paper money. It was only disappointing that not all the local musicians who thronged the wedding meetings offered any money. Maybe they were there for the fun of it? There are those who, however, dug deep in their pockets and forked out real dime.
Mesach Semakula gave sh18m, while Bobi Wine and Ragga Dee gave sh5m each. Dr. Hilderman gave sh3m and the singing couple
of Sam and Sophie Gombya gave sh2m. 16 THE KampalaSun THE KampalaSun 17 Mukasa
The list of contributions
Source: The Kampala Sun
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