By Isaac Otwii
On Saturday, April 25, security permitted 10 people to attend the first-ever ‘scientific’ wedding in Lira town.
The marriage ceremony held at Odokomit Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) was between Mr Emmanuel Wacha, 30 and Ms Colline Ato,24.
Living a bit far, the couple walked from their home five days before the ceremony and resided at a place not too far from the church.
All the attendees washed their hands with water and soap before entering the church.
At least two relatives to Ms Atoo were allowed into the church, including her father who rode his bicycle from Alebtong District.
Soon, the ambience of celebration could be felt in the church as five members of the church choir sang the song which ushered in the bride.
Rev Jimmy Okodi, the PAG overseer for Adyel Division in Lira Municipality was the main celebrant at the occasion.
He urged the couple to seek advice from elders whenever misunderstandings arise to avoid domestic violence.
“The government cannot solve issues in our households. It is upon you the married people to learn to forgive one another and live peacefully,” he said.
Although a wedding ceremony would normally necessitate a larger audience, this was not the case for the couple.
The newly wedded couple followed the presidential guidelines on having small weddings during the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The guests at the ceremony kept a safe distance between each other to avoid coming into contact with each other.
“The advantage is that it was cost-effective to have the wedding during the lockdown because it cost Us Shs1million including feeding of a few people who attended the ceremony. The expenditure was on the public address system, a catering service. Other costly activities were cut off because there was no need to have them, ” the groom commented.