By Rajab Mukombozi
At the awake of coronavirus lockdown, many couples that had scheduled to wed had to choose a plan B especially after presidential directives and the Ministry of Health issued guidelines prohibiting public gatherings and closure of hotels and other entertainment places.
Mr Mathias Munyantwari who works with the Ministry of Works and Transport under Face Technologies docket and Ms Brenda Tusiime who works with Ankole Diocese had planned not only to have a mega wedding before the lockdown but also enjoy a one month honeymoon at a quiet place gifted by nature. The two shared with us how the pandemic altered their plans and how they still managed to have a great time.
They share their story
Mathias and Brenda meet in 2019 at a friend’s party in Kampala. As fate would have it, the two found each other interacting and exchanged contacts.
“When we met, my first impression is that we were meant to be one. He asked for my number and there was no hesitation,” recalls Brenda.
After, a year of dating, Mathias and Brenda agreed to settle for a long-time commitment and got engaged.
The two chose April 2020, as the month to become one. Even with the lockdown, the couple was committed to their dream of being together and they chose not to reschedule their wedding. Instead, they opted for plan B, go for a scientific wedding.
On April 18th Munyantwari and Tusiime exchanged their vows at St James Cathedral, Ruharo, Mbarara town.
The couple had to reduce the number of guests from the original 300 they had planned on having to 10.
“It was not easy to trim a guest list but lucky enough, most of our family members and friends understood the circumstances and instead become supportive,” says Mr Munyantwari.
Despite having few guests, the couple reveals many people were supportive of the idea as it turned out to be pocket friendly.
Although they had initially wanted to spend their first moments in marriage with nature at Murchison falls national park, the couple will now simply travel to their home in Kmapala where they have planned to relax and have indoor games.
“We will enjoy games like chess, riddle, tennis, card game and puzzles among others. We had planned to have a one month honeymoon but we are likely to push on if the lockdown is not lifted,” says Brenda.
My Wedding on Thursday found them at their Mbarara home armed with a movement permit they had secured from the RDC to make their way to the country’s capital.
We wish the couple all the best on this journey.