The Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese Reuben Kisembo has advised parents to stop demanding expensive and costly items for bride price.
Bishop Kisembo made the call on Saturday, December 21, 2109, while officiating the marriage of Ron Kawamara and Cynthia Tumwine at St John’s Cathedral Fort portal. Cynthia is a daughter to Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine.
“Parents should stop this habit of asking too much bride price from your sons-in-law for your daughters,” Bishop Kisembo said.
He added: “When you say you are asking bride price because you educated your daughters, remember that even the parents of the young men, educated their sons.”
He said that affordable bride price would enable children from poor families to easily consider marrying officially without cutting corners such as eloping.
Bishop Kisembo also spoke against putting pressure on children and families to throw big and expensive wedding parties.
“I want to tell you that the cost of a wedding party, the size of the cake and type of cameras taking photos don’t determine the quality of marriage you will have. Be modest, respect each other, trust God,” he said.
President Yoweri Museveni was represented at the function by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
In his message read by Dr Rugunda, President Museveni urged the young couple to ensure effective communication and to trust in God to ensure a peaceful family.
The President thanked the parents of the bride and groom for raising their children well.
“Today, your children have brought honour to you as parents, because you played your roles diligently by instilling into them the correct values and principles. The seeds of hard work, integrity, respect and patience which you sowed in them have brought forth a great harvest, as we are witnessing, ” Museveni said.
The function was attended by many high profile people including Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru.
The President gave the new couples a gift of ten cows in cash valued at Shs10million.