Mbabazi celebrates 50 years of marriage

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Mbabazi celebrates 50 years of marriage
50th Wedding Anniversary for Rt.Hon Amama Mbabazi.

Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi expressed heartfelt appreciation to his wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi, for her unwavering support in keeping their family united for the past five decades.

This tribute came as Mbabazi, aged 75, and his wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi, aged 69, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Kampala on Saturday.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, presided over a colourful service at All Saints Cathedral in Kampala to mark this matrimonial milestone.

Describing their journey as one of faith, resilience, and love, the former Prime Minister highlighted the significance of their enduring commitment to each other.

Following the church service, a joyous celebratory reception was held at Serena Kampala Hotel, commemorating this momentous occasion in their lives.

During the service, Archbishop Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu emphasized the significance of forgiveness and tolerance in marital relationships.

"We have so many people who make vows. Some appear together, but in reality, they divorced a long time ago. People sleep on the same bed, but it is the devil that sleeps in between them," he stated.

Expressing gratitude for the grace that has guided them through various challenges, Mbabazi emphasized that their celebration symbolizes renewed hope, faith, and love.

He urged couples to embrace forgiveness and strive to be exemplary in their lives.

Five decades later, the large number of people who showed up at All Saints Cathedral to join them in celebrating 50 years of marriage, including top government officials and religious leaders, brought joy to their hearts.

Among the attendees were Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, Chief of Defense Forces Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, and Mbabazi's long-time friend and former Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.

The couple first met in 1969 when a group of Kigezi College, Butobere students went on a drama trip to Bweranyangi.

Mbabazi's performance as a father caught the attention of the girls, and some wrote him "application letters" to be friends.

However, it was Jacqueline who stood out, and after an initial encounter on Kabale Main Street, their paths crossed again when Mbabazi joined Makerere University in 1972.

As they exchanged pleasantries, Mbabazi learned that Hope Tugumisirize, whom he had met in Kampala, was a relative of Reverend Gershom Ruhindi, Jacqueline's father.

This connection brought them closer once again, and their love story continued to unfold.

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