By Promise Twinamukye
A few days after he joined Fakhruddin Properties Ltd in August 2017, Edrine Kimera Sempa knew almost every colleague save for the beautiful woman at the reception. Joanita Muwema frequented Edrine’s office and the duo started having random conversations.
“Since Joanita was always into travel, my boss asked me to talk her into joining the sales department which I did,” Kimera says.
Joanita took the opportunity and her seat was next to Edrine’s. He liked her and that bred a friendship.
One night, Edrine was robbed including a large sum of money he had borrowed.
“The only person that got to know about it was Joanita and she promised to keep it secret,” he says.
Times changed. Joanita would buy a rolex for breakfast and they would share it. The same happened with lunch where they would use the same plate. Whenever they asked about Edrine, Joanita knew his whereabouts and vice versa.
He started trusting her with money since he was not frugal.
“I started falling in love with her but she had a boyfriend, so I took it slow,” Edrine says.
Towards Joanita’s birthday, her boyfriend, who had promised to marry her, started acting funny and later ended their relationship. She cried for three days.
Edrine was equally sad about the event but later discovered there was still another prospective for her in the picture. The duo spent eight months without talking but all did not end bad.
“I made my feelings clear to her, to which she neither said yes, nor no,” he says.
During a Christmas break, they made up and took their relationship to another level. Joanita thrilled her sister with the news of her relationship but her mother told her to be cautious because she was just recovering from a heartbreak.
Back at work in January, things got awkward by the day.
“You are a couple and they reprimand you in the same meeting,” she recalls. “We decided if an opportunity popped up, one of us would find a job elsewhere.”
Edrine met Joanita’s mother in January at her sister’s graduation party and he promised to be back for her before the year ended.
After a surprise birthday for Edrine one weekend, he left work the next week for another job.
In March, as they were planning for their introduction due in May, Covid-19 happened. They used their money as Covid-19 relief and postponed their introduction to September which had been for the wedding.
Edrine was Anglican and Joanita, Catholic. She wished Edrine would convert. He asked if she was serious. He replied, “I will grant it”.
When he came for the kukyaala, everything was going smoothly until her parents asked where they would get wedded from. His parents said Namirembe Cathedral. Hell broke loose.
“I thought when he granted my wish, he had told them too. They stared blankly,” she says. His parents threatened to denounce him. Later, however, the parents accepted the groom’s decision.
The couple went for premarital counselling sessions at St Charles Lwanga, Ntinda.
“One day, my uncle called to ask about the progress of our wedding preparations and proposed a scientific wedding,” she says.
“He went on to suggest a wedding of 10 people, which was utterly crazy to me out of the initial 300 guests and I wanted something bigger.”
One of Edrine’s aunts sent a contribution which reassured them that they would raise the finances needed for a 100-guest wedding.
About a week to the wedding, Joanita’s friend called Edrine to inform him about her bridal shower.
“She asked if I proposed but it did not occur to me that I had to propose,” he says. They had a surprise dinner at a restaurant on September 18, where he gave her an engagement ring.
The following week on a Wednesday, Edrine was welcomed into the Catholic Church before they exchanged vows on September 26. The couple treated their guests to a sumptuous dinner at The Carnival Restaurant in Naguru, Kampala.
The couple says their favourite moments were, “when Joanita’s father handed her to me at the altar felt heavenly and the choir sang my favourite song Mirembe Mukama before Holy Communion.”
For Joanita, it was when her father walked her down the St Charles Lwanga aisle.
“Edrine knelt to thank my father. I cried and I noticed he did too. Also, he took the second reading, and kept looking at me as if he was talking to me,” she says.
Since they did not have enough time, they went to Malakai Eco Resort for a three-day honeymoon as Edrine promised a proper honeymoon for December.