The Bishop of Ankole Diocese Rt Rev Dr Sheldon Mwesigwa has asked Ugandans to embrace scientific weddings even after coronavirus lockdown.
Bishop Mwesigwa spoke to our reporter on Tuesday following the scientific wedding for Mathias Munyantwari and Abias Tusiime at St James Cathedral Ruharo in Mbarara which he had presided over on Sunday. He said many couples are living in unholy and illegal marriages because the institution of marriage had been made expensive to venture into due to expensive weddings.
“The institution of marriage had to be pushed to be very expensive, the bar for marriage was set high that those that can’t raise large sums of money to have mega weddings or parties have chosen to remain in unholy unions, hoping to work and have enough money to wed eventually,” Bishop Mwesigwa observed.
He said that the President allowing marriages to continue during this lockdown but in a scientific way was a well thought out idea. Not only does it continue to cement the foundation of our societies which is a family unit but also downplays thinking that had been inculcated especially in young couples that weddings have to be large.
He added that some virtues that cement the family bond like love and trust may luck in a union of a cohabiting couple, “Without making marriage holy, most couples remain in doubt whether they are loved and trusted. This makes the family shaky which can a forebearer of breakups, domestic violence, separation and divorce.”
The Bishop also called upon parents to stop the habit of asking for too much in form of bride price from young couples, something he also noted is hindering young people from getting married.
He urged that parents on either side should instead stand with their children to as they commit to each other and help them to grow economically, “Don’t make too many demands as if you are selling your daughter. Instead, empower the couple economically and help in their journey to achieve holy matrimony.
Bishop Mwesigwa advised young couples to invest the money that could have been spent on a big wedding in building a new home, starting up a business and saving for the future needs of their children.
Since the lockdown, Ankole Diocese has carried out 10 scientific weddings.