By Phiona Nasssanga
When Jennifer and Robert met, it all seemed okay until Jennifer got a job that required her to be away from home for months on end. Because they had children, Robert decided to move his dental clinic to their apartment. This way, he would be able to work and also take care of the children. 16 years later, the couple have overcome this and many other hurdles and share their story.
At the beginning of a relationship, couples have little or nothing to worry about. At this stage, they are just getting to know each other and usually nothing the other does makes a big impact.
This was the case when Jennifer Mirembe and Robert Kironde met. In the beginning, all seemed like a bed of roses until 2010 when Jennifer got a job with ICCO (Inter-Church Organisation for Development Co-operation.
“In March 2010, I signed a contract with ICCO as a human resource manager. In 2013, I was put in charge of 10 countries, a promotion that called for keeping late hours and a lot of travelling,” Jennifer recalls.
At the time, Robert was also managing a dental clinic at Arua Park in Kampala. However, the couple had also been blessed with three children but due to their busy schedules, Robert says, they hardly spent time as a family.
“My wife would leave so early in the morning when the children are asleep and come back late in the evening after they have gone to bed. I, however, would leave at about 7:30am, drop the children off at their respective schools and then leave work in time to pick them,” he says.
Robert turned into a babysitter. “I was a house husband for five years. I would take the children to hospital, school and ensure they were fed.” Click to read more…